Social services directors have welcomed research for Skills for Care showing that adult social care now contributes more than £50bn to the economy in England and has continued to grow strongly through the pandemic.

Stephen Chandler, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“Far from being a burden on the economy, social care is a powerful engine of growth fuelling local economies and providing employment opportunities in every corner of the country. It can play a key role in the government’s levelling-up project.

“We are urging the chancellor to make a major investment in social care in his forthcoming budget and in the spending review that will follow. This research shows how that would reap dividends while extending care and support to millions of disabled and older people who need it to live their lives more fully.”