Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s Report on the future of social care, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said:

“ADASS has consistently warned that the absence of adequate, long-term funding for adult social care is having very detrimental impacts on the sustainability of the care market, on the NHS and most of all on older and disabled people and their families.  As the voice of social care leadership across the country, we are determined to make sure those we support can live independent, fulfilled lives and that the best deal possible can be secured for the hard-working, dedicated workforce that provides this essential care.

“The conclusions of the Public Accounts Committee will come as no surprise to anyone working in social care across the country. We need the upcoming green paper and parallel programme for working age adults to provide a long-term funding solution for social care. The pressures on recruiting and retaining staff are very real, across the sector, and proper resourcing to ensure that social care is seen as the fantastic occupation that it is, must be delivered as well. ADASS has also repeatedly warned of the need to provide interim funding to help essential care services immediately, and we repeat that today.

“The upcoming twin programmes of the green paper and that for working age adults represents a 'here and now' opportunity to make sure that we provide the person-centred care that makes a real difference for older and disabled people across the country. Whether it’s the young adult with a profound disability or the grandparent with dementia, social care is there for us when we are most vulnerable, and it’s crucial it’s respected as the vital care that it is.”