In response to a survey of MPs on social care commissioned by the Health for Care coalition, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said:
“Social care is at crisis point as this survey rightly demonstrates, with MPs across the country and the political spectrum increasingly realising this is a growing issue in their communities which has to be urgently addressed.
“People who rely on and receive social care should be able to live the lives they want to lead, in the best way possible. Good social care enhances health and wellbeing, increases independence, choice and control. It is distinctive, valued, and personal.
“Carers and those who have given up their jobs or other commitments to look after family members in need should also receive respite, something which social care services can provide but are finding it increasingly difficult to do so.
“However, our funding system is failing to keep pace with the rising needs of people in England. We are living longer but need more complex care and support.
“This survey should be a further clarion call for a long-term, cross-party, sustainable funding solution for social care, which needs to be urgently addressed in the upcoming Spending Review.”