Responding to the announcement of the final Local Government Finance Settlement for 2019-20, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“The Government has missed yet another crucial opportunity to provide urgently-needed funding for adult social care. This is damaging to the health and wellbeing of everyone and runs the risk of undermining the ambitions in the recently published NHS Plan.

“This funding settlement falls far short of what is needed now to address the immediate critical issues surrounding the needs of older and disabled people and their families, who are losing the care and support they need while care providers are failing or handing back contracts they cannot fulfil.

“The much-delayed and long overdue green paper on the future of adult social care is still not in sight and the Spending Review will be too late for many people as Councils continue to face uncertainty and ongoing cuts to services as a result of ongoing austerity.

“For 2019/20, directors of adult social care have identified savings of £667 million. Previous government announcements on winter funding and social care grant could provide an estimated extra income of £445 million, which still leaves a £222 million deficit, without taking into account increases in the numbers of people needing care and support, wages or paying sustainable fees for providers .

“Time is running out for older and disabled people and for councils and care providers who need more resources and greater certainty if we are able to plan for the future, or risk seeing more care providers close and social care services fail altogether.”