ADASS warns of ‘year of no return’ for social care


Urgent action is required to prevent social care passing the point of no return this year, ADASS has warned.

The charity said thousands of older and disabled people will go without the service they need if interim funding is not provided and a new national strategy for the recruitment and retention of care workers and nurses is not implemented ahead of this year’s Green Paper.

Margaret Willcox, ADASS President, said: “We eagerly await the Green Paper on support of older people and the extensive reforms that are needed to place social care on a sustainable long-term footing. But we must have action in the short term to ensure that the system can survive.

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“The crisis facing us is so acute that we fear social care could pass the point of no return in 2018 while we wait for decisions to be made.”

ADASS said the £2bn emergency funding for the sector announced by the Government last spring would fail to close a shortfall which is expected to reach £2.1bn by 2020.

It said that by March this year councils will have made cumulative savings on social care of over £6bn since 2010.

ADASS added a concerted initiative was required to address a sector workforce turnover rate of almost 28% and 90,000 job vacancies.

It urged the Government to provide strong backing for sector skills agency Skills for Care’s consultation this month on a national recruitment strategy.

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