The social care sector needs “real action” from the government to support a system that is fit for the 21st century, the president of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has said.
Julie Ogley said that with the Spending Round due on Wednesday, the opportunities are there for the government to “take action” and “make a difference”.
Her comments came on the back of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s personal commitment to sort out the crisis in social care ‘once and for all’.
In response to this commitment, ADASS has published a new report that sets out what needs to be done to tackle the crisis.
This includes providing short-term funding, including continuing the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Fund, to prevent the further breakdown of essential care and support over the course of the next financial year.
ADASS has also called for long-term funding and reform, and a long-term plan for integrated health and social care.
“We need real action from the Government – we cannot afford another false dawn. We need to work together to ensure that we have an adult social care system that is fit for the twenty-first century. We need to work together so that people can live good lives,” said Ogley.
“With the Spending Round, and other recent announcements, the opportunities are there for the Government to take action and make a difference. These are the choices.”