Seven leading care organisations have called on the government to end 25 years of inaction and fix the social care system.
The joint statement issued by ADASS, the Care & Support Alliance, LGA, CPA, SCIE, Social Care Future and Think Local Act Personal, says the coronavirus crisis has laid bare the fragilities of the social care system after 25 years of neglect.
The organisations called for an immediate announcement of extended and increased funding from April to stabilise the social care system and commitment to publication before the Parliamentary recess of proposals to fix the sector.
James Bullion, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (pictured) said: “With little more than two weeks to go until the new financial year, there is still no news of what funding will be available for care and support and for our care workers who have responded so magnificently throughout the coronavirus crisis.
“We were bitterly disappointed that social care was not mentioned in the Chancellor’s Budget statement. We are calling on the government to put that right and offer real hope of a way forward for more than 10 million of us who draw on social care or work to provide it.
“This government has the chance to end 25 years of indecision over social care and create a historic legacy. We are urging it to seize that chance now.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We have provided billions of pounds to support adult social care during the pandemic, including on infection and prevention control measures, free PPE, priority vaccinations and additional testing.
“Funding remains in place to support the tireless efforts of social care staff on the frontline of this pandemic and we are actively reviewing the need for further funding and decisions will be made in due course.
“Delivering a care system that is fit for the future remains a top priority and we will bring forward proposals for social care later this year.”