“We welcome this report that helps to set out the make-up and current state of the adult social care workforce in England. Every minute of every day, millions of people are benefiting from distinctive, valued and personal social care. We all want to lead the best life we possibly can, and for many of us to do this means receiving care and support from our valued, dedicated and skilled workforce.

“As England’s ageing and disabled population grows and as needs become more complex, the need for a sustainable, long-term plan, and a systematic change in the way we approach adult social care has never been clearer.

“The Government needs to urgently bring forward proposals for reform of the social care system, provide investment to appropriately remunerate existing staff for their hard work and dedication, as well as incentives and career development opportunities to attract new staff, with a workforce plan that compliments the NHS People Plan.”