Commenting on the results of this year’s ADASS Budget survey, Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy, the King’s Fund, said:
‘This survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care.
‘Our assessment of these findings is that the immediate prospects for the social care system, on which older and disabled people depend, are grave and deteriorating. The diminishing confidence that local authorities can meet their most basic legal duties to provide care for the most vulnerable citizens should be a source of huge public concern. It is clear that measures such as the social care precept and the Better Care Fund are an inadequate response to the widening gulf between need and resources.
‘Plummeting levels of confidence among directors in their ability to make further savings is alarming. As the risk of more care providers going out of business intensifies and with the NHS in deep financial trouble, the need for a clear strategy to place the funding of these essential services on a sustainable long-term footing is now even more urgent.’
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