LGA responds to ADASS adult social care assessments survey

"These alarming findings illustrate the huge everyday challenges adult social care continues to face and the impact they have on the people who draw on care and support to live their best life."


Elderly man sitting on a sofa holding at an i-phone

Responding to an Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) survey which found that more than half a million people are waiting for assessments, reviews and/or care and support to begin, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“These alarming findings illustrate the huge everyday challenges adult social care continues to face and the impact they have on the people who draw on care and support to live their best life.

“No council wants to have to limit or reduce care and support services, but as a result of significant financial pressures and workforce shortages, councils are having to make very difficult decisions to prioritise available resources and capacity. 

“While it is positive the Government has set out longer term reforms to adult social care, there is an urgent need to address immediate pressures facing social care in the here and now, including on capacity, recruitment and retention, care worker pay and on unmet and under-met need.

“To address this, we are calling for a greater proportion of the new health and social care levy to go directly towards social care upfront, to reflect the urgency of the situation and help deal with these immediate pressures.”