Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to a budget survey conducted by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) published today, said:
"The results of the ADASS survey provide yet more evidence that our care system is in crisis and has now reached breaking point.
"Councils are doing their best to save money through changing the way services are provided and working more closely with the NHS; but faced with huge Government cuts, they are being forced to reduce services and increase care charges for some of the most vulnerable people in our society in order to balance their books.
"The Government is completely out of touch with the scale or urgency of the crisis and are dragging their feet on reform. In 2010, they promised to legislate on a new legal and financial framework for social care in this parliamentary session. Yet the Queen’s Speech only committed to publishing draft legislation on reforming social care law alone.
"Labour is calling for legislation on a new system for funding social care in this Parliament. We are determined to play our part in securing agreement on this system through the cross-party talks which we initiated.
"David Cameron must act urgently to tackle the care crisis and fundamentally reform our system of care and support. This issue is too important to duck and too urgent to kick into the long grass."