The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has published part two of its annual Budget Survey in a second report released today.
Together, the two reports paint a vivid picture of the terrible impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had for services in the adult social care sector, people using services and their carers.
The first report laid bare the impact upon older and disabled people who have care and support needs and their families. Today’s report reveals the scale of the financial impact of the pandemic and its very real consequences on the care and support of millions.
It looks at the ability of local authorities to fund adult care, and the viability of thousands of caring organisations that provide vital support that enables millions of us to live good lives.
The annual Budget Survey serves as a barometer of the financial state of social care.
This year's survey shows the need for further action to protect people and care services so everyone can get back to their normal lives. It shows that next year, adult social care will lack the resources needed to ensure decent levels of service.
Whilst the headlines findings inevitably focus on finances, the important messages relate to what the reduction in social care budgets means for millions of working age disabled people, and older people with care and support and needs and their families.
Launching the report, James Bullion, ADASS President said, 'Coronavirus has exposed dreadful inequalities relating to people’s mental health, people with learning disabilities, older people at the end of their lives in nursing homes, black, asian and minority ethnic communities and poorer communities.
'It has also highlighted the courage, compassion and commitment of care staff and the essential work they do. The public are now more aware than ever of how essential social care is to our society.
'These reports are a wake-up call that requires a clear response. Urgent action is needed to plug the financial black hole that has been blown in local government finances, to properly recognise and reward colleagues working in social care, stabilise providers of care and most importantly safeguard and ultimately enhance the care and support available to those of us who need it.
'Without such action, local authorities will run out of money, care providers will go to the wall, many of us will not get the care and support we need, and the economy will take a further hit as more of us are forced to give up work to fill the caring gaps. Prioritising social care is the right thing to do morally, ethically, economically and politically. We must act now, for all our sakes.'
The full report is available on the ADASS website.