Commenting at the close of the social services conference in Edinburgh, Jack Bury and Rita Stringfellow, social services chairs of the ACC and AMA said:
'Social services secretary Stephen Dorrell has made it clear that we can expect no decisions, no action, no real government for the rest of this parliament.
'There is no decision to set up a general social work council - just a promise of more work, more consultation.
'There is to be no decision about funding long term care - just more work, more consultation.
'We all need to be consulted but these are all areas where views are now clear and action is needed.
'On refugees and asylum seekers, too, we have a desperate situation where the facts are clear and government action is needed.
'Hard pressed local authorities have been left to pick up the pieces; we need to know urgently that the government is going to accept responsibility for the damage caused by its own actions.'