Responding to a report from the King’s Fund and the University of York about how a lack of funding and staff shortages are affecting home care services, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“These findings reinforce our calls for new money to be immediately injected into adult social care to give the sector much-needed stability and provide the vital daily support that older and disabled people rely on.

“Councils continue to work hard to commission high quality services but as our recent snap survey found, directors of adult social care have serious concerns around whether they have enough funding to enable them to meet their legal duties to provide care and support for older people.

“Without new money, we risk seeing more providers either cease trading or hand back contracts to councils.

“The Government needs to act urgently, partial and inadequate allocations of temporary funds does little to address the critical issues facing social care in general and home care providers in particular.

“Government simply must consider funding beyond 2018/19. We need long term, sustainable funding whether through the promised Green Paper or otherwise. Without an appropriate package of recognition and reward for the skilled and dedicated workers in social care we may find little success in the national adult social care recruitment campaign which is looking to attract more people with the right skills and qualities to work in the care sector.”