Responding to the announcement of £150 million in extra funding for adult social care in the final Local Government Finance Settlement, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“All money is welcome and we will make the most of what we get, but considering councils need more than £2bn just to stand still in 2018-19, this is not going to make a great deal of difference.

“It also depends on what they define as relative need. Will it be spent in areas struggling with delayed transfers of care? Or will other factors come into consideration?

“Instead of trying to place a sticking plaster over a gaping wound, the government should deliver the long-term, sustainable funding that social care teams across the country are crying out for. The upcoming social care green paper must deliver this, but in the interim, today’s measures are simply not enough - much more emergency funding is required.”