LEARNING disability charity Hft has responded to yesterday’s publication of the ADASS Autumn Survey, saying the report reaffirms the extensive challenges facing the adult social care sector.
Kirsty Matthews, CEO of Hft, said:
“The findings of the ADASS Autumn Survey are highly distressing; they are indicative of a sector struggling at all levels – from the front line to local authority offices.
“With adult social care leaders in England needing to find another £83.7 million of cuts, as 470,00 people wait for support, it is clear that current funding and action are not keeping up with demand.
“Our Sector Pulse Check research, produced in partnership with Care England, illustrates how this is reflected in the experiences and actions of providers. In 2022, 42% were forced to close down part of their organisation or hand back contracts due to cost pressures.
“Undeniably, the adult social care sector is resilient. Despite persistent funding shortfalls, providers do their very best to continue to provide vital services. But we should expect more. Providers should not have to shoulder the financial burden of funding cuts and those who need support should not have to fight for it.
“It’s not too late. Next week’s Autumn Statement will be the ideal opportunity for the Government to demonstrate that it values the adult social care sector, and those who draw upon it, by investing in a sustainable and thriving future.”