Responding to today’s report by NHS Digital, “Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2016”, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“Councils are projecting a combined overspend on adult social care for 2016/17 of around £441 million, which follows a cumulative total of £5.5 billion being cut from their social care budgets since 2010.
“Despite these huge pressures, councils have sought to protect frontline social workers while seeking efficiency in management and outsourcing direct care provision.
“Care staff and social workers are pulling out all the stops to provide personal and dignified care to those who need it, with the report showing that nearly half (44%) of adult social care workers had no days off sick in a year.
“This significant fall in staff numbers is unsurprising and is due to the social care funding crisis which is failing to tackle the growing demand within local communities for care of people living longer and with increasingly complex needs.”
Notes to editor
The report, “Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2016”, can be viewed at http://www.content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB23291/pss-staff-eng-16-rpt.pdf
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