Responding to a Healthwatch England report on dementia care by councils, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“We’d like to thank Healthwatch England for their report into dementia care and recommendations. We recognise that dementia is a condition which can deteriorate quickly and that this can have a significant impact on the people concerned and their families.

“The Care Act is good legislation and sets out principles and practice we all support. It’s deeply regrettable that reviews and re-assessments of individuals’ circumstances are not being completed in a timely and responsive way and that care is sometimes not of a high quality. We will highlight the report to our members.

“However it is clear from the report, and our recently published Budget Survey, that councils are now almost universally struggling to meet some of the requirements of the Care Act. With this in mind, we’re calling on the Government to stabilise funding immediately and then provide sustainable funding for adult social care. This will help councils to stabilise local social care systems, so they’re better able to meet the needs of their residents.”