LGA responds to ADASS snap survey of state of adult social care

This insightful report on what social care directors are facing on the ground and what actions they want to see makes essential reading for government.


Elderly woman preparing food

Responding to a survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, which shows that almost 400,000 people are now waiting for an assessment of their needs or a service, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

 “As we head into another difficult winter, these figures are a stark reminder of the immense scale of the challenge facing people in need or in receipt of adult social care and those who work with them.

“This insightful report on what social care directors are facing on the ground and what actions they want to see makes essential reading for government. We face a huge recruitment and retention crisis in the care workforce, with more than 100,000 vacancies and leaving hundreds of thousands more without essential support. 

“Everyone should be able to live the life they want to lead and investment in adult social care is an investment in all of us. 

“The Government’s imminent white paper on adult social care should set out precisely how money raised from the new Health and Care Levy will fund all of its recently-announced reforms, while also diverting more money to the frontline to urgently meet immediate pressures, including on care worker pay and staffing.”