The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has set out what it believes the adult social care system needs from the next government to ensure people living in Britain get the care and support they need.
As the next General Election approaches, ADASS is calling on the major political parties to prioritise the needs, wishes and aspirations of people receiving and providing care.
Julie Ogley (pictured), president of ADASS, said: “Successive governments have promised but ultimately failed to deliver certainty for those of us who rely on adult social care to enable us to live the lives we want to lead. The next Government must break this cycle and deliver the funding and reform needed to ensure we have a social care system that is genuinely fit for the twenty-first century.”
ADASS has set out three priorities for the next government. These include certainty about funding – setting out at the earliest opportunity what money will be available over the next year to ensure those people who need social care get the support they need; long-term reform that enables those in the sector to create an ‘enabling social care system’ that is fit for the 21st century; and a long-term plan that sets out how social care links with other public services and supports individuals, families and communities.
Ogley continued: “It is vital that each of the major political parties set what they plan to do to ensure the sustainability of adult social care and enable all of us to live the lives we want. We are calling on each of the parties to set out their plans so that the electorate can make an informed decision about positive ideas for the future of care and support.
“These plans must work for all of us; for working age disabled people, older people, those of us who need additional support to live our lives and for families and carers.”