Responding to the latest Delayed Transfers of Care figures for February 2019, published by NHS Digital today, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“The latest figures show that, yet again delayed transfers of care due to social care have fallen by 11.7 per cent from January 2019 to February 2019, and is a tribute to the hard work of those working in social care.

“These figures are a clear demonstration that a modest investment in adult social care delivers positive results. Just imagine what could be achieved were social care seen as an investible proposition by this government and given a long term, sustainable financial base upon which we could achieve so much more for local communities and the country in general.

“For example, an investment of £1 billion could help around 50,000 older and disabled people to stay healthy and at home by investing in a mixture of services including home care support, specialist residential capacity and social work assessments.”