27/06/22

Responding to the findings of the latest survey from the LGA, Cathie Williams, ADASS Chief Executive said:

‘This report provides yet more evidence that social care is not fixed. The LGA survey shows that there is not enough money to make the changes which will mean that everyone can get the support they need and ensure greater fairness for both those who pay for their own care and those who do not own homes or have savings. 

There are now over half a million people waiting for assessments, care or reviews. In March, nearly two-thirds of Directors of Adult Social Services who responded to our survey were saying that they had to prioritise assessment for people in life-threatening situations, at risk of abuse or neglect, or being discharged from hospital. So we share the concerns about whether there will be enough staff to assess people for the proposed changes to charging and fees.

We will only deliver more of the care and support we all want – to live good lives - by prioritising and paying the committed and compassionate care workforce better so that they stay in this essential and brilliant work. 

It would be dreadful if these changes to founder because of a lack of funding or ambition. That is why we are calling for more of the Health and Social Care Levy to come to adult social care, and sooner’.

 

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Notes

In June 2022 the LGA conducted an online survey of councillors with overall responsibility for adult social care across all councils in England. The survey was sent to the lead councillor in all 152 English councils with responsibility for adult social care.  A total of 80 councillors replied, giving a response rate of 53 per cent. The results were weighted to make them representative of authority type and region. The full report of this research will be published shortly.

 

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NOTE TO EDITORS
 
The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity. Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff. Our objectives include:
  • Furthering comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time;
  • Furthering the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status;
  • Promoting high standards of social care services.
 

For any follow up to the statement above, please contact:
Dr Phil McCarvill
ADASS Deputy Chief Officer
Phil.McCarvill@ADASS.org.uk
07919 483214

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