In response to today’s figures, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“The publication of the Government’s national homelessness data today makes for very concerning reading. Increasing numbers of us are experiencing mental health crises, drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness and social isolation which means that more of us need support to live the lives we want to live. Although there has been a slight reduction on last year’s figures, the reality is local authorities are seeing many more people who are homeless in comparison to the official statistics which capture a single moment in time.
“In addition to good quality housing, those of us who are homeless need access to social care to ensure we are properly supported and safe from harm. Yet the role of adult social care, in partnership with housing and other sector partners, is often underestimated or misunderstood. Safeguarding is of critical importance as is access to social work support, substance misuse, and mental health provision, yet funding pressures over the last decade have led to a drastic retraction in the range of care and support available, including for those of us who are homeless.
“Today’s data underlines exactly why we are calling on the Government to seize the opportunity and sort out short term funding, set out its vision for longer-term reform and support the development of a long term plan for adult social care.”
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