Worcestershire County Councillors marked 70 years of adult social care after a Full Council meeting today.
Councillors from across the political parties have signed a giant birthday card to celebrate the occasion.
Adult Social Care was launched when The National Assistance Act was passed in 1948 and has allowed social workers and social care assistants to help many thousands of people in Worcestershire to lead independent, dignified lives.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care at Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Adrian Hardman said: "Our Adult Social Care team work incredibly hard and the 70th birthday of Adult Social Care is a great opportunity to celebrate them.
"The 70th birthday of the NHS this year has deservedly been celebrated but adult social care is every bit as important.
"More than 40% of the County Council's budget is spent on adult social care, but demand is growing and like other councils around the country our adult services are facing real financial pressures. We are supporting the campaign to highlight the need for additional money to ensure that good quality support is available for those who need it. The NHS has had a birthday gift with a cash injection of £20b, we now need the Government to show their appreciation of adult social care in the same way"
The signing of the card marks the start of Worcestershire County Council's celebrations for 70 years of adult social care. A special birthday party will be held later this year to thank carers from across Worcestershire for the contribution that they make.