Each year the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) publish the results from their Budget Survey. The report provides data and evidence on the breadth of social care.
This year's report mirrors much of what we have heard from people over the past year. The decrease in local authority resources is forcing councils to make difficult decisions which are negatively impacting on the disabled, frail and elderly as well as on carers and families.
We are disappointed that the Green Paper has continued to be delayed and call on the Government to fulfil its promise of a comprehensive review of the challenges facing social care including funding, the availability of appropriate, affordable services and the challenge of recruiting and retaining a well-trained and compassionate workforce.
There is general frustration across the sector about the lack of clarity around long term funding and workforce solutions and people receiving, or need care are frustrated by the lack of progress.
Healthwatch National Director, Imelda Redmond said:
“Council resources have been stretched to near breaking point over recent years, meanwhile the number of people needing social care is forecast to increase rapidly. The demand on vital support services will only rise.
“When the new Cabinet comes into office in a few weeks’ time, viable solutions to the challenges, workforce and social care must be a top priority. A sustainable funding solution will be key, but it is not a fix-all. Service commissioners and care providers must also take a lead role in ensuring that the care they provide is responsive, appropriate and of the highest quality, but this can only be achieved with a long term plan for social care.”