This is a joint consultation response from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) to the CQC consultation entitled 'Our next phase of regulation'.

The context

We have welcomed CQC recognition of the challenges that increased needs for care and support for older and disabled people bring, in the context of reducing budgets. CQC is well placed to monitor the impact on care providers and the threat to their viability as businesses.

We share CQC’s concerns on the impact of economic difficulties on the sector. This is important to our shared interest in raising standards and promoting awareness and choice and is all the more important as the sector is challenged both financially and in relation to workforce and market sustainability.

The ADASS response to CQC’s State of Care report outlined that this provided “good evidence that both the Commission and social care services are heading in the right direction despite growing financial pressures placing the sustainability of the sector at ever greater risk.”

These pressures are outlined further in:

  • Adult social care funding: state of the nation report
  • ADASS budget survey 2016
  • ADASS Autumn Statement submission
  • LGA briefing on the provisional 2017/18 local government finance settlement

Please see below to download the full response.