Responding to a report published today by the Health Foundation that the £2 billion social care funding gap in 2017/18 is putting local health reform plans at risk, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are key to starting and achieving the transformation of health and adult social care to support people as active citizens, prevent ill health and reduce demand on hospitals by delivering care closer to people’s homes. Social care is critical to that. We welcome the Health Foundation’s Briefing on the Social Care Funding Gap.
“With care homes closing, councils projecting in-year overspends of almost £450 million, and the cost of the welcome National Living Wage, if STPs are to succeed it is vital that the funding crisis in adult social care is addressed to enable their implementation, as this report highlights.
“In next week’s Budget the Chancellor needs to provide genuine new money and a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care. This will help to ensure STPs are successful by providing dignified care to thousands of older and disabled people and their families who are struggling to manage with services currently in significant and increasing jeopardy.”
CONTACT: Alan Harris, ADASS media office, 020 7664 3239