In response to the latest Carers’ Trust report “Pushed to the Edge”, Sarah McClinton, ADASS Vice President, said:


“The report paints a stark and harrowing picture of the incredible challenges family carers have had to endure both before and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.


"Many carers are exhausted and at breaking point.


The government must now provide an urgent package of support for carers, including funded carers’ breaks. 


“We cannot deliver the transformational change the Adult Social Care White Paper promises without prioritising family carers.











Our latest survey revealed a rapidly deteriorating picture in terms of the care and support available across the country.  Crippling staff vacancies, care providers going out of business; people being left without essential care and support, and councils having to make impossibly difficult decisions about who gets the care and who misses out. Without the support of unpaid carers, there is no doubt that services would have been overwhelmed by this perfect storm.  The upcoming energy and fuel price rises will deliver another crippling blow to lower-income families, including carers, many of who have had to leave employment to care for a family member and rely on Carers’ Allowance.


The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity. Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff. Our objectives include:
  • Furthering comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time;
  • Furthering the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status;
  • Promoting high standards of social care services.

For any follow up to the statement above, please contact:
Dr Phil McCarvill
ADASS Deputy Chief Officer
07919 483214

To organise an interview with our Chief Executive or a Trustee
Letizia Mattanza
ADASS Strategic Comms Lead
07771 590860