As we approach the General Election on 12 December, ADASS is calling on the major political parties in England to prioritise the needs, wishes and aspirations of those of us who are older, disabled or who are carers: all of us who rely on adult social care.
ADASS has today set out what we believe adult social care needs from the next Government to ensure that we all have the care and support we need, when we need it most:
- Certainty about funding - setting out at the earliest opportunity what money will be available over the course of the whole of the next Parliament to ensure that those of us who need social care get the support we need to live our lives as we want to live them.
- Long-term reform - that enables us to build care and support for the millions of us who need it and create an enabling social care system that is truly fit for the twenty-first century
- A long-term plan for adult social care – that sets out how social care links with other public services and supports resilient individuals, families and communities.
Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said:
“Successive governments have promised but ultimately failed to deliver certainty for those of us who rely on adult social care to enable us to live the lives we want to lead. The next Government must break this cycle and deliver the funding and reform needed to ensure we have a social care system that is genuinely fit for the twenty-first century.
"It is therefore vital that each of the major political parties set what they plan to do to ensure the sustainability of adult social care and enable all of us to live the lives we want. We are calling on each of the parties to set out their plans so that the electorate can make an informed decision about positive ideas for the future of care and support.
"These plans must work for all of us; for working age disabled people, older people, those of us who need additional support to live our lives and for families and carers."