In response to the Queen’s Speech today, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Julie Ogley, said:

 “Over the coming months, the new Government has an opportunity to do what successive Governments of all colours over the last two decades have failed to do – to stabilise and renew adult social care.  So, it is an important start to see social care mentioned in today’s Queen’s Speech.

 “The Government’s first task is to provide funding for the next five years that is based on a realistic assessment of needs and ensures that those of us who need care and support can get it and avoids any further deterioration in care.  Only then should who pays and how be considered. This will then give them the space to enable social care that is fit for the twenty-first century.

 “Social care has been consigned to the too-difficult pile for too long.  The Government’s parliamentary majority means that this is not only do-able, it is also essential.  ADASS, charities, think tanks and most importantly those of us who use adult social care, or care for family members who do, are ready to work with the Government and politicians across Parliament to ‘sort social care’ once and for all.”