Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of £3.5 billion a year in new real terms funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/4 under the NHS Long Term Plan, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Julie Ogley, said:

“We are pleased that the Prime Minister has announced more funding for primary and community healthcare which Directors of Adult Social Services have long advised. This will make a very significant difference for older and disabled people and their families. 

“We have always maintained that supporting people’s wellbeing at home needs to be the main focus of public services.

“The best way to reduce pressure on hospitals is to provide care which means people don’t end up sick or injured and needing hospital in the first place.

“We look forward to spending plans being drawn up with local adult social care systems, and with local Health and Wellbeing Boards. 

“The Government also needs to bring forward a long-term funding solution for adult social care in its Spending Review and forthcoming green paper, and in the meantime to supply interim funding to help the sector cope with its current pressures. Resolving adult social care funding would significantly help planning around community health services, and enable Health and Wellbeing Boards and local systems to deliver the most impact.”