Sense is calling on the Government to give more resources to local authorities to help carers and adults with disabilities make future care plans.

Taken from Freedom of Information data, Sense found that only one in four councils are in a position to help adults with disabilities and complex needs make contingency plans for their future care, whilst its survey of 990 carers revealed that 95% of carers have ‘little to no trust’ in local authorities’ abilities to care for their loved ones.

Sense has recommended to Government that local authorities should have a duty to ensure long-term care plans are in place for disabled adults aged 25 and beyond, a recommendation supported by a majority of the carers surveyed.

Just one in three local authorities had an idea of the number of disabled adults being cared for by family members in their area, raising ‘fears of a looming care crisis’ in which disabled adults risk being placed in unsuitable crisis care placements, the disability charity has said.

Whilst there are around 1.3m carers in England and Wales over the age of 60, Sense’ research indicates that three in four family carers have no-long term plans for the future care of a  loved one with a disability.

One in two families are also worried that funding cuts will impact the availability of local services for their loved one, according to the research.

Responding to Sense’s report When I’m gone, Margaret Willcox, president of ADASS said: ‘Social workers are skilled in supporting families to think through issues associated with a time when they may not be in a position to offer as much support as they do currently. ADASS would encourage social services to be proactive in helping people plan, however, we also acknowledge the very real capacity problems experienced by many local authorities. In order to help with this, social care has to be sufficiently funded in both the short and the long-term.’

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: ‘Social care directors are worried about their ability to meet statutory duties and without genuinely new money, the availability and provision of social care is seriously under threat.’