ADASS President, Stephen Chandler, wrote today to The Times correspondence section, to highlight to readers the many challenges the Adult Social Care Sector has been confronting over the past years. 



Sir, Your forceful leading article on the need to reform adult social care chimes with directors of adult social services, who have been waiting more than 20 years for a government to fulfil multiple promises to act on this.

However, it would be a gross injustice if, as you propose, reform was to be limited to a cap on what an individual should pay towards the cost of their own care, a more generous means test for state support and a decision on how to fund these.

The reality is that social care requires a fundamental reappraisal of how we as a society support those of us who are older or disabled or who have other care needs. Half of our budgets as directors are spent on people of working age and the fastest-growing costs are not those of supporting older people but younger adults with a learning disability.



Stephen Chandler

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)