“Give social care staff a round of applause – as they aren’t going to get much more from this government’s spending review.
“For nine exhausting months, our extraordinary staff have borne the brunt of working day in day out to keep people with learning disabilities and autism safe. Until the government properly recognises social care staff as key workers and addresses the issue of how you fund social care, it will never come up with a sustainable funding solution that enables us to recruit, reward and retain highly trained and committed staff.
“The government is constantly expecting us to do more with less – or for free. As community health support is cut, the people we support are reliant on our staff for more and more of their day to day needs. Our support workers have extraordinary expertise. And they care.
“We looked to the government today for a lifeline, and as usual the rope is too short and is out of reach for adults with learning disabilities and autism. We are doing our very best to work with local authorities and deliver excellent care, and this spending review represents yet another missed opportunity to invest now in improving services for people with learning disabilities and autism.”
Angela Murphy, Director of Operations, FitzRoy