Monday 6 July 2015
Embargo: 00.01 hours Tuesday 7 July 2015

RESPONDING TO TODAY’S report from AGE UK, ADASS President Ray James said: “Much of this study is not inconsistent with the findings of our own budget survey published last month – particularly where colleague directors warned of the growing evidence of unmet need.

“The picture that AGE UK has drawn is what unmet need looks like!”

“As well as pointing to the £1.1 billion shortfall in adult social care budgets this year, our survey, which AGE UK have quoted from, showed alarming reductions in confidence by directors of adult social services that they will be able to sustain effective, comprehensive services going forward from April 2016.

ADASS welcomed the Secretary of State's call for a national debate on the future care of older people in our country, including the crucial role of families and employers of whom he said "Attitudes need to change too, so that it becomes as normal to talk about elderly care with your boss as about childcare."

However this cannot mask the evidence cited by ADASS, Age UK and many more. Government must act now to address the growing gap in social care funding.

ENDS

For further information contact

Ray James, 020 8379 4160

Drew Clode, 020 8348 5023 mob: 07976 837755


Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.