Urgent call for clarity on the future of social care

March 18, 2021

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and other leading organisations in the social care sector are uniting in an urgent joint call on ministers to break their silence on the future of social care.

The unprecedented alliance says that the coronavirus crisis has laid bare the fragilities of the social care system in England after 25 years of failure by successive governments to put it on a sustainable footing.

After the Chancellor said nothing about social care in his budget, there is now an urgent need for clarity about the way forward and the future of social care.

ADASS is calling on the Government to:

  • Make an immediate announcement of extended and increased funding from April to stabilise the care system and ensure continued provision of high-quality services and support, meet the continuing costs of COVID-19 and provide relief and respite for exhausted family carers and care workers.
  • Commit to publication before the summer parliamentary recess of promised proposals to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’, giving MPs the opportunity during the recess to hear from their constituents about the care and support they want for themselves and their families.

James Bullion, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said, ‘With little more than two weeks to go until the new financial year, there is still no news of what funding will be available for care and support and for our care workers who have responded so magnificently throughout the coronavirus crisis. We were bitterly disappointed that social care was not mentioned in the Chancellor’s budget statement. We are calling on the Government to put that right and offer real hope of a way forward for more than 10 million of us who draw on social care or work to provide it.

‘This Government has the chance to end 25 years of indecision over social care and create a historic legacy. We are urging it to seize that chance now.’

Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance, said, ‘Emergency funding from the Government has been a lifeline to our care and support sector. However, as a result of COVID-19, the ongoing cost pressure is leaving many providers, their employees and the people we support balancing on a financial cliff edge.

‘Joining with the Alliance, we demand that Treasury increase the funding available to the whole care sector so that we can effectively deliver essential services, both now and beyond this pandemic.’

Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Kathryn Smith, said, ‘We have joined with a number of other organisations in order to express our disappointment that social care funding was not prioritised in the Budget. The Government's promise to fix social care must be fulfilled so that the reform that the sector badly needs is prioritised. Sticking plaster funding is not the answer. A sustained increase in funding is needed now to stabilise the care system, particularly with the impact of COVID-19; we call on the Government to publish its proposals for the future of adult social care before the summer parliamentary recess.’

The full list of signatories:

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Local Government Association

Think Local Act Personal

Care Providers Alliance

Care and Support Alliance

Social Care Future

Social Care Institute for Excellence

The full statement can be viewed here.

The National Care Forum (NCF) said yesterday that the Government ‘remains silent’ about whether emergency funding for the care sector will be extended beyond the 31st March end date.

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