Responding to the House of Commons Health Committee’s report, “Impact of the Spending Review on Health and Social Care”, a spokesperson for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said:
“The Health Committee’s findings mirror those from our annual budget survey published last week – that due to continued, long-term cuts to social care funding, there is no more room for efficiency savings and services are having to be cut because the money for them simply isn’t there. This means fewer people are now getting the help they need to lead independent, dignified and meaningful lives.
“We have been arguing for some time now that adult social care needs to be protected and adequately funded. We’re at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy, and unless the Government addresses the chronic underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences for the NHS and, most importantly, older and disabled people, their families and carers.
“Councils already need nearly £1 billion more funding this year just to deliver services at the same level as last year, so we echo the Committee’s concern that desperately needed additional funding will not arrive until the end of the decade. If this money is not brought forward, we are genuinely worried that it will not only be too little – it will be too late.”