Adult social care is an absolutely vital public service that supports some of our most vulnerable people and promotes the wellbeing and independence of many more.
For too long the service has too often been seen by decision-makers as an adjunct to the NHS, rather than a service of equal importance.
A lack of recognition in terms of profile has combined with a lack of recognition in terms of funding to place our care and support system under enormous pressure. This has been particularly acute since 2010 and although governments of the day have responded with their own well-intentioned solutions, they have failed to properly resolve the gap between available resources on the one hand and cost, demand and pressures on the other.
For ‘The state of adult social care funding: the carer perspective’ see page 19.