Response to ADASS Budget Survey by Leonard Cheshire Disability

13 July 2016

Commenting on today’s report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Alice Mitchell-Pye, policy manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

‘We have reached a "tipping point" in social care. Today's ADASS report reflects the severity of the crisis facing social care right now.

‘This is not a problem we can leave until 2020 — today's new government must make sustainable funding a top priority. 

‘That two thirds of social care directors are not confident they can deliver their statutory duties this year should ring alarm bells for us all.

‘Failure to do so means in reality thousands of disabled and older people will be left isolated without the vital support they need to get up, washed and dressed, or forced to make impossible choices in flying care visits.  

‘As a first step, we urge the government to bring forward the Better Care Fund money earmarked for 2019/20, so people who need support right now are not left without help.

‘It will then be for our new government to urgently work on a long term settlement to ensure care is fair for everyone.’

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