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Ray James, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Immediate Past President, said:

“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 chronic underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences for the NHS and, most importantly, older and disabled people, their families and carers. Social care providers are under unprecedented pressure and the NHS will have to pick up the pieces when they fail.

“We support the King’s Fund report particularly the call that, as a minimum, the forthcoming Autumn Statement must recognise the scale of the immediate funding pressures facing the sector by bringing forward the additional Better Care Fund money planned from 2018/19.”

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Notes to editors:

The King’s Fund report Social care for older people will appear here: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

Findings from the ADASS Budget Survey: https://www.adass.org.uk/council-tax-precept-fails-to-close-adult-social-care-funding-gap