The King's Fund responds to the annual ADASS Budget Survey 2018

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Responding to the annual ADASS budget survey, Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said: ‘This latest evidence, from every council in England, lays bare once again the need for, as the Prime Minister put it herself, a proper plan to pay for and provide social care. Older and disabled people and their families and carers continue to be let down by a system that is on its knees.

‘It is essential that the forthcoming Green Paper sets out proposals for substantial and wide-ranging reform, including a long-term funding settlement, and that these proposals are fully aligned with the government’s long-term plan for the NHS. Unless the pressures on the social care system are recognised, a new funding settlement for the NHS will not work and the NHS, as well as social care, will continue to lurch from one crisis to the next.

‘In the meantime, levels of unmet need are rising, the provider market is more fragile than ever and councils’ confidence in their ability to meet their statutory duties is falling.’

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