ADASS President James Bullion has called on the government to use its upcoming Spending Review to underline its commitment to adult social care.
The call came ahead of the government’s one-year Spending Review on 25 November.
James (pictured) said: “The Spending Review is an opportunity to provide certainty to those of us with care and support needs and our families, guarantee funding, enable us to continue to respond to COVID-19 and its legacy and to prioritise capital invention and prevention.
“The government must use the Spending Review to signal just how central adult social care is to our society and underline its commitment to millions of working-age disabled people, older people, family carers and those who work in adult social care.
“This is an opportunity to lay the foundations for its reform proposals and to create the space for a public conversation about the type of care and support we all want for ourselves and our families for decades to come. This should be a pivotal moment for adult social care.”
ADASS called for the continuation of infection control funding measures, an uplift in funding to help more people receive care at home, a guarantee of the continuation of existing funding streams for social care, as well as a minimum of £1.3bn to fund demographic, inflationary and financial pressures due to an increase in complex care packages. ADASS also urged the government to increase funding to enable providers to offer a minimum adult social care Living Wage of £10.90.