20 May 2020

VODG responds to ADASS survey of adult social care providers

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) today released results of its rapid provider support survey of adult social care providers. The survey was undertaken following providers’ concerns that the £1.6billion central government funding made available to local government to contribute to additional costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic has not reached them.

In response to the survey, Dr Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, said:

“We fully appreciate the pressures that local authorities are under in dealing with COVID-19 and that the funding provided from central government is simply not enough to go around.

“VODG represents more than 100 charities that support disabled people and we do not recognise the picture painted in the latest report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services on the measures local authorities have put in place to support local providers.

“Whilst there are some pockets of good practice that have seen commissioners working with the sector to shore up services as part of local pandemic responses, for many charities supporting disabled people these additional funds have not made their way to the front.

“Furthermore, some local authorities are attaching onerous terms and conditions to funding at a time when they should be working in partnership with the voluntary sector to ensure the very best possible outcomes for people who rely on social care at this difficult time.”