Adult social care is critical to the health and wellbeing of people with a complex range of often intense needs, their carers and families, and our communities more generally. Through commissioning social care, councils play a key role in a sustainable health and care system. Its reach is significant; from safeguarding people in the most vulnerable circumstances to making an important contribution to the national economy as employers and commissioners.

ADASS welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Low Pay Commission’s consultation on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) including the National Living Wage (NLW). We would like to respond, in particular, on the impact on the adult social care sector (question 3) and on the economic outlook for adult social care (question 10), with a brief reference to the impact of Brexit (question 12).

The full consultation response is available to download below.