Social care ‘woefully underfunded’, says National Voices

Wed, 13 July 2016

National Voices responds to new data from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services which concludes that the Council Tax precept fails to close the adult social care funding gap.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has published new data showing that charging residents extra council tax to pay for social care has failed to raise enough money to cover the cost of the new National Living Wage, let alone address the huge shortfall in funding in the face of increasing demand.

Commenting on the report, Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices, said:

Social care services are woefully underfunded and this is having a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of people across the country.

This survey confirms that the 2% extra council tax that local authorities can charge fails to meet the increased wage costs incurred due to the National Living Wage, let alone address the chronic underfunding of our social care services. Yet again, social care services find themselves with less money, and rising demand.

This is more evidence that last year’s spending review settlement for health and care was not sufficient.  The new government, under Prime Minister Theresa May, must take the opportunity to re-set funding as early as this autumn’s statement.

The government must ensure that all the key sectors that support people’s health and wellbeing – the NHS, social care, public health and, equally, the Third Sector – are resourced to achieve the common Department of Health and NHS plans for sustainable care.

For further information or comment, please contact Andrew McCracken, National Voices Head of Communications, on 020 3176 0737 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.