The social care system is “broken and underfunded”, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said in response to damning new research.
The LGA was commenting on a social workers survey by The Care and Support Alliance which laid bare the consequences of Government cuts on the sector (see ‘Threadbare’ social care services revealed).
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The findings of this survey are deeply concerning and lay bare the devastating consequences of a social care system that is broken and underfunded.
“This should be a wakeup call for Government not to delay any longer in setting out how it proposes to tackle the crisis in how we care for older and disabled people.
“Social workers do an amazing job day in day out, in often very difficult and challenging circumstances. They are on the frontline of the social care crisis and sadly witness first-hand the human costs of this, as the survey shows.”
Cllr Seccombe said a new drive was required to raise awareness of the importance and value of social care to help recruit and retain an adequately resourced workforce for the sector.
The Warwickshire County Council leader added: “Councils are doing all they can to provide quality and safe social care but these services are now at a tipping point.
“Social care faces an annual £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020. We urgently need a long term sustainable solution in social care, and it is vital Government addresses this through its forthcoming consultation.”