Commenting in response to the Commission for Social Care Inspection's annual performance ratings for adult social services in England, King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:
'This is good news. Despite increasing financial pressure local authorities have improved the quality of care they offer to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
'But the progress highlighted in today's report will be lost on the vast number of those who are frail and disabled but whose needs are not deemed severe enough to qualify for support. This report only assesses councils for the services they are providing to individuals who meet ever tighter eligibility criteria. As the CSCI acknowledges, these are a minority of adults with social care needs so this is a partial picture.
'Given the financial outlook the danger is that even more people with moderate care needs are not given the support they need.'
He added: 'We know the current funding system for social care is neither effective nor fair. But there are signs that the government and indeed opposition politicians are finally waking up to the challenge. The government's promise of a Green Paper on how we pay for adult social care offers hope for significant reform and improvement in this deeply neglected area.'
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