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Carers UK responds to ADASS Budget Survey 2015

04 June 2015

Responding to this year’s ADASS budget survey Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

This year’s survey of Adult Social Care Directors highlights once again the chronic underfunding of social care. As budgets fail to keep pace with demand more and more older and disabled people are going without the care services they need and receiving only short visits from care workers. This means that their families are increasingly having to step in to provide care without the back-up they need to care safely, maintain relationships with friends and family, remain in work or have a life of their own alongside caring.

The quality of care available is a major issue for families as they struggle to manage alone but too often find that care services are unreliable or unsafe. A third of carers with experience of social care who responded to our latest survey of carers have refused social care services because of concerns over quality. The high turnover in care staff means that older and disabled people and their carers often have to explain over and over again how the care should be provided and build up a relationship of trust.

Greater investment is urgently needed if our ageing population is going to have the support and care we all want to see for ourselves and for our families. Over half of carers report that they are worried about cuts to care and support services over the next year - this pressure on families is unsustainable and carers cannot continue to pick up the pieces of a care system in crisis. As well as making commitments to address the NHS funding gap, the Government now needs to set out how it will meet the ever increasing gap in social care budgets.”

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