Responding to today’s Local Government Finance Settlement, Ray James, Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“We welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the need to address the crisis in social care funding but the amount brought forward for 2017/18 is woefully inadequate.

“It is over £1 billion less than all leading sector experts (King’s Fund, LGA and Nuffield Trust) say is needed to fund adult social care next year and the precept raises less in areas with the greatest need.

“There is no extra money for councils during this Parliament and ADASS would welcome sight of how government have satisfied themselves about the adequacy of this settlement for 2017/18 given the widely acknowledged increases in the demand for and cost of social care.

“This settlement is not sufficient to stabilise a care market in crisis. It will not enable us to recruit the front line care workers needed, it will not ease the pressures on our hospitals but most of all, it is not sufficient to provide older and disabled people and their families with dignified, respectful care.”