'Tipping point' in social care reached
13 July 2016
by Alice Mitchell-Pye
Disabled and older people face further cuts to social care services in England. Council leaders have said they will struggle to cope with a £1bn shortfall in social care funding this year.
Anything from help with cooking and cleaning at home to full-time residential care could be affected.
According to the annual survey of social care conducted by Adass (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) published today, the extra money for social care made available through council tax last year raised only a fraction of the funds needed to cover rising costs.
We have reached a 'tipping point' in social care. Today's Adass report reflects the severity of the crisis facing social care right now.
This is not a problem we can leave until 2020. Today's new government must make sustainable funding a top priority.
That two-thirds of social care directors are not confident they can deliver their statutory duties this year should ring alarm bells for us all.
Failure to do so means in reality thousands of disabled and older people will be left isolated without the vital support they need to get up, washed and dressed, or forced to make impossible choices in flying care visits.
As a first step, we urge the government to bring forward the Better Care Fund money earmarked for 2019/20, so people who need support right now are not left without help.
It will then be for our new government to urgently work on a long term settlement to ensure care is fair for everyone.
Alice Mitchell-Pye is policy and research manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability.