Responding to the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“This is a further blow for adult social care after the Government ignored sector-wide calls to address the urgent need for extra funding in last month’s Budget.

“Allowing councils to increase council tax by 1 per cent next year is woefully inadequate to address the funding gap facing adult social care, raises least funding in the areas of greatest need and is not the best solution to address the impending crisis facing the sector.

“With no fresh funding injection, an increasing number of older and disabled people will not get the care and support they desperately need now, throughout this winter and next year. It will also place an even greater toll on the 6.5 million family members and other carers.

“By the end of this financial year, £6 billion will have been cut from councils’ adult social care budgets since 2010 - with need for our services growing all that time. 

“With the Green Paper on social care not being published until next summer, much more needs to be done now to secure extra recurring money to address funding gaps, continuing service pressures – including a rise in the National Living Wage - and the stability of the care market.”