In response to today’s announcement regarding the national living wage, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Julie Ogley, said:
“We welcome the Government’s announcement of an increase in the wages of the lowest paid workers. This recognises the skilled and compassionate work that care workers undertake each and every day to support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“The Government will clearly need to fund this significant commitment and adjust the funding available to local government and social care accordingly. If Government does not provide additional funding, then this will further destabilise already fragile care markets with a clear impact on those of us who need care and support.
“Prior to this announcement, our autumn survey found that nearly all Directors (94%) say that have little or no confidence that they will be able to deliver their statutory responsibilities for care market sustainability by the end of 2020/21. Any further hole in the finances would make the task even more difficult.”
Notes to editors
- ADASS has called on Government to deliver three things as a matter of urgency: certainty about funding, long-term funding reform, and a long-term plan to create an adult social care system fit for the twenty first century. As part of this, we believe adult social care needs a workforce strategy that will allow staff to receive the parity of esteem they deserve with their NHS counterparts, and which will address the funding issues that will arise from this.