Responding to an Independent Age survey showing the majority of MPs think the social care system is not fit for purpose, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“It is encouraging to see so many MPs across all political parties recognising the need for action to find a sustainable solution to the adult social care funding crisis.
“The extra £2 billion for social care over the next few years is a step in the right direction, but it is only one-off funding which reduces each year. Vital services caring for elderly and disabled people still face an annual £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020, which will continue to grow.
“It is absolutely critical that the Government brings forward its Green Paper on the future of social care and works with local government leaders to address the issue of long-term funding and also create the conditions necessary to ensure the development of the right kind of care and support services.
“We strongly support a cross-party consensus on adult social care and councils are firmly committed to making this happen.
“With councils facing further funding pressures and growing demand for support by the end of the decade and beyond, this is the best way to ensure we will find a solution that ensures our future generations enjoy a care system which doesn’t just help them out of bed and gets them washed and dressed but ensures they have dignified and fulfilling lives.”
Responding to the same report Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“This telling report reflects long standing concerns about developing a national debate to secure a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care. This is a national priority. It is also a priority for working age disabled adults.
“Despite most adult social care services in England providing people with safe, high quality and compassionate care – in the context of rising levels and complexity of need and inadequate funding – adult social care remains at a tipping point. This affects older and disabled people and their families, care workers, care markets and the NHS.
“Older and disabled people and their families need and deserve high quality, reliable and personal care for their increasingly complex needs. For this to happen, and with MPs returning to Parliament next week, government needs to address adult social care as a priority so it can be future-proofed for people who will continue to need care and support in increasing numbers.”