Responding to a report by the House of Lord Economic Affairs Committee, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“We are facing unprecedented demand for social care across England while our resources continue to dwindle. Councils have already made a staggering £7billion of savings in the past decade and are looking to make a further £700million in 2019/20 alone to balance the books.
“Social care needs to be a priority. The Economic Affairs Committee report rightly recognises the need for urgent financial reform. It’s clear we need urgent and significant investment in the system to ensure access to care and support for those who need it.
“Our workforce needs a career structure, and higher level of pay, to reflect skills required to deliver the high quality care needed and the importance of the role.”