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ADASS RESPONSE TO CARERS UK REPORT

Richard Webb, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Honorary Secretary, said:

‘Every minute of every day, millions of people are benefitting from distinctive, valued and personal social care. Even greater numbers receive that care from informal carers.

‘It is estimated that informal carers already provide at least £55 billion of unpaid care and support, so as demand for care increases over time, the need to properly support carers becomes increasingly urgent. We recognise the pressures that carers are under in relation to hospital admissions and discharges, and the increased pressures on A and E departments due to the increasing levels of need in our communities and reductions in social and community health services.

‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to a new Carers’ Strategy and ask that this addresses the issues raised by Carers UK, including the need to find a fair and sustainable funding settlement for social care, help to stabilise care provision and to attract people into working in the care services. Crucially, it also needs to address what more society as a whole can do to support carers – not only in their caring responsibilities, but also in the rest of their lives.

‘Our own research published in July highlighted that the precept, introduced in the Autumn Statement 2015 to give councils the option to raise council tax by 2 per cent for adult social care, would generate less than two thirds of the more than £600 million needed to cover the National Living Wage this year.

‘That means that this year, directors are left with a gap to fill of around £940 million just to keep services operating at last year’s levels.

‘We’re now at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy, and unless the Government addresses the underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences for the NHS and, most importantly, older and disabled people, their families and carers.’

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