Responding to HSCIC figures on adult social care staff numbers, ADASS president Ray James said:

“This is the inevitable consequence of the escalating funding crisis in social care. There is ever increasing need for social care services. The number of people over 65 and in need of care is forecast to increase by over 40 per cent between 2005 and 2020. This contributes to the growing problem of unmet need within our local communities.

“This fall in staff numbers is not a surprise given the cuts to adult social care budgets over the last five years, totalling £4.6billion or a 31 percent reduction. Councils have sought to protect frontline social workers while seeking efficiency in management and outsourcing direct care provision.”

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ADASS is a charity. Our members are current and former directors of adult care and 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 and
  • Promoting high standards of social care services

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