Brexit cannot be a distraction from the challenges facing an adult social care system “at breaking point”, 15 organisations have warned the Government in an open letter.
The Local Government Association, Age UK and Care England are among the organisations uniting to urge the Government to “be bold” in its upcoming adult social care green paper and urgently invest in these services.
“Adult social care is at breaking point,” the letter warns. “Two years ago the Government rightly recognised the scale of the problem and the need to find a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care. Two years later and its long-promised green paper on the future of adult social care still hasn’t been published.”
The joint letter said that increases in costs and decreases in funding has meant that offering high quality care and support to vulnerable adults has become increasingly difficult.
This has led to more than 2 million people in England having to leave their jobs to provide unpaid care for family or friends.
“While one-off funding injections have helped to curb the severity of immediate pressures, they are only short-term and do not address the underlying structural problems facing the care and support system,” the letter said.
“Adult social care services face a funding gap of £3.6 billion by 2025. This is what is needed simply to keep on providing existing support at current levels and would not meet the cost of changing the current model of provision, or include the funding needed to tackle under-met and unmet need.
“Brexit cannot be a distraction from the challenges facing our adult social care services which millions rely on every day.”
The letter was signed by the following organisations:
Local Government Association
Association of Directors of Adult Social Care
Association of Directors of Public Health
Care and Support Alliance
Care Provider Alliance
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group