With the Spring Budget fast approaching, ADASS President Julie Ogley has again reiterated the importance of prioritising adult social care to ensure that we can all access the care and support we need when we need it.  

There is now a real opportunity to deliver the funding and reform needed to ensure we have a social care system that is genuinely fit for the twenty-first century. Over the coming months, there is an opportunity through the budget, spending review and the publication of reform proposals to stabilise, rebalance and transform social care.

Social care enables us to live the lives we want to lead whether we are older, disabled or caring for a family member. Social care delivers across the country and is a major contributor to society and to the economy: with more people working in social care than the NHS, and more than 1 in 6 of us are providing unpaid care and support.

Speaking ahead of the budget on 11 March, ADASS President Julie Ogley said:

“The budget provides the Government with the opportunity to lay the foundations to fix social care by delivering additional funding for 2020/21, above and beyond what is already provided. This will safeguard care, help stabilise our markets and improve conditions for our brilliant staff.

“Dealing with the immediate funding crisis and providing certainty is an essential first step. to place adult social care on a sustainable footing for the future.Without it, it may prove impossible for the Government to create the space to develop and implement a reformed system.

“We have consistently argued for short-term funding, longer term reform and a long-term plan for adult social care. The budget is an opportunity to achieve the first of these and to lay the foundations for the other two. This will deliver for those of us needing care and support today and the millions who will need it in the future.”

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Notes to Editors

Read more about our three asks of the Government here.

  • During the last decade, Directors of Adult Social Services (DASS) have reported making a total of £7.7 billion of savings from their budgets, including having to find £700 million in savings during this financial year (2019-20).
  • The number of councils experiencing the closure of home care providers has increased by 50 per cent from 2017/8 to 2018/19. (48 in 2017/18 to 72 in 2018/19. This has led to 113 per cent increase in the number of people impacted by home care closures over the same time period (3,290 in 2017/18 to 7,019 to 2018/19).
  • High vacancies (122,000, or 7.8% in 2018, up from 110,000 2017) and turnover (440,000 leavers in the last twelve months) result in recurring recruitment and training costs. Adult social care has the highest turnover of any sector at 30.8% and pay must be a factor in this.
  • Workforce projections estimate that there would need to be a 36% (580,000) increase in social care jobs to around 2.2 million by 2035.  One in six workers would need to be employed in health and social care.

The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity. 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.

Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff. 

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