Laura Sharman 29 November 2021

Social care services are 'rapidly deteriorating' directors warn

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Social care services are failing to help hundreds of thousands of older and disabled people, a new survey has warned today.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) found almost 400,000 people are waiting for an assessment or a service.

A lack of staff also meant 1.5 million hours of commissioned home care could not be provided between August and October, the survey also found.

One in two councils also reported they had to respond to a care home closure or bankruptcy over the past six months.

Stephen Chandler, ADASS president, said: 'This survey confirms our worst fears. Red lights are flashing right across our dashboard.

'Despite magnificent efforts by the committed, courageous and compassionate people working in social care who are delivering extraordinary amounts of care and support, services are failing to meet everyone’s needs and older and disabled people are suffering.'

ADASS is calling on the Government to take immediate steps to to stabilise the care system and fund a £1,000 winter retention bonus for all staff.

Cllr David Fothergill, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: '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.'

A government spokesperson said: 'We are committed to delivering world-leading social care, that’s why we are investing an additional £5.4bn over three years, which will allow us to build our comprehensive adult social care reform programme.'

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