LGA responds to Skills for Care report on the value of adult social care

“Our dedicated care workers rightly need as much support as possible, including urgent action on pay, conditions, skills and training."


Carer reading to an older man

Responding to a Skills for Care report on the value of adult social care, which says social care contributes £50.3 billion to the economy in England and provides significant societal benefits, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
 
“Social care staff have gone above and beyond in providing vital care and support to millions of people, despite facing immense pressures and extremely challenging circumstances.
 
“Our dedicated care workers rightly need as much support as possible, including urgent action on pay, conditions, skills and training.
 
“As this report highlights, social care makes an immense contribution to the economy which has grown during the pandemic, as well as helping people to live the life they want to lead.
 
“Social care still faces a huge recruitment and retention crisis, with more than 100,000 vacancies available on any given day and extremely high turnover rates. 
 
“The Government’s social care plan was a step towards tackling this, but the Spending Review must also set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, working with councils, care workers and those with lived experience to build back better and help develop a care and support system fit for the future.”