Responding to the exclusion of social care funding from today’s Autumn Budget, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“We are extremely disappointed that the Government has not addressed the need for extra funding for adult social care. This means that this winter and throughout next year we will continue to see more older and disabled people not getting the care and support – which they desperately need now.
“A lack of extra funding will also lead to an even greater toll being placed on the 6.5 million family members and other carers. By the end of this financial year, £6 billion will have been cut from councils’ adult social care budgets since 2010 - with need for our services growing all that time.
“The Government has committed to publishing the long-awaited Green Paper on social care next summer, but much more needs to be done to secure extra recurring money to address funding gaps, continuing service pressures and the stability of the care market. This is made more urgent when the National Living Wage will increase and less of the short-term extra funding announced in the spring will be available next year to help nearly two million people who rely on care and support, and whose care needs continue to grow.
“The extra funding for the NHS will not be as effective without extra money for adult social care, which remains in a perilously fragile state. Adult social care needs to be tackled as urgently and at least as equally as the needs of the NHS, in a way which recognises the inter-dependency of these services and encourages a collaborative approach.
“Good social care cannot be achieved without a stable, supported and skilled workforce. While we welcome the rise in the National Living Wage, this needs to be addressed in the funding solution alongside the recruitment, training and retention of staff.
“The Government needs to heed the warnings from a wide range of respected voices by taking immediate steps to bring forward the funding and reforms needed to ensure that older and disabled people, and the rising number of working age adults, can get the care and support they need now and each and every day of their lives.”