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Responding to Independent Age’s survey on care home top-up fees, Harold Bodmer, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

 “Councils work closely with providers to ensure a diverse and quality provider market that gives people the right choice of care options. However, despite councils’ best efforts it is inevitable that the unprecedented financial pressure on local authorities has an impact on this.

 “Top-ups of local authority care home fees have always been a part of the social care system. It is, of course, important that people who fund their own care and people who pay top-ups are given the right advice and support.

 “However, this is about an increasingly fragile provider market and only when there is a properly and adequately resourced adult social care system can we address the growing concerns to support vulnerable people in our communities.”