Responding to The Marmot Review, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Julie Ogley, said:
“Overall life expectancy growth has stalled for the first time in 100 years and life expectancy among women living in the poorest communities in England has declined since 2011. This gets to the heart of social justice. Professor Marmot said that ‘If health has stopped improving then that means society has stopped improving’, and while it’s not possible to make direct links between this and reductions in funding for social care, it’s undoubtedly part of the cause. More women work in social care, more women rely on social care, and more women are giving up work to care for relatives for want of social care. But social work and social care can transform lives and support people to live the lives they want to lead.
“We hope that the government takes note of this report and the stark story it tells and invests in long term funding for social care and a long term plan.”