The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has published a new statement, with a call for Government to sort out social care.
In July, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced a personal commitment to sorting out social care ‘once and for all’. With Parliament to reconvene, ADASS believes there is a very real opportunity, but small window for him to keep his promise, with Brexit edging ever closer and continuing to dominate politics.
In response to the commitment by the Prime Minister, ADASS has published a report, Sorting out social care for all once and for all, setting out what needs to be done by Government to tackle the crisis. Its recommendations include:
- Short-term funding, including continuation of the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Fund, to prevent the further breakdown of essential care and support over the course of the next financial year.
- Long-term funding and reform, to enable care and support to be built for the millions who need it and to create a social care system that is truly fit for the 21st century.
- A long-term plan for adult social care, which puts a support system in place that links with other public services, including the NHS, and supports resilient individuals, families and communities.
Julie Ogley, President of ADASS said, 'We need real action from the Government - we cannot afford another false dawn. We need to work together to ensure that we have an adult social care system that is fit for the 21st century. We need to work together so that people can live good lives.
'With the Spending Round, and other recent announcements, the opportunities are there for the Government to take action and make a difference. These are the choices.'
The promised Spending Review is a real opportunity to address the burning injustice of social care, says ADASS. With this in mind, the association is calling on Government to urgently confirm a short-term injection of funds, which will allow space to develop a vital long-term funding solution and plan with clarity and certainty. To 'sort out' social care, ADASS suggests that adult social care needs:
- A plan for the essential workforce.
- The ability to develop and use new technology and communications in ways that older and disabled people and their family find useful.
- A better framework for relationships between local people, councils and the NHS.
- Greater awareness and certainty for everyone before we need support.
ADASS believes that with this certainty, the adult social care sector will be able to get on with what it does best: being a great connector with people and organisations; safeguarding people’s rights; helping people to re-engage with life and communities; and organising funding or providing care and support that enables individuals to live the lives they want to live.