Responding to a report by Independent Age which shows that only 10 per cent of MPs in England believe that the current social care system is unsuitable for the UK’s ageing population, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“This telling report reflects long standing concerns about developing a national debate to secure a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care. This is a national priority. It is also a priority for working age disabled adults.

“Despite most adult social care services in England providing people with safe, high quality and compassionate care – in the context of rising levels and complexity of need and inadequate funding – adult social care remains at a tipping point. This affects older and disabled people and their families, care workers, care markets and the NHS.

“Older and disabled people and their families need and deserve high quality, reliable and personal care for their increasingly complex needs. For this to happen, and with MPs returning to Parliament next week, government needs to address adult social care as a priority so it can be future-proofed for people who will continue to need care and support in increasing numbers.”