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94% say not enough

More than 9 in 10 adult social services directors in England do not believe there is the ‘funding’ or ‘workforce’ to meet care costs of older and disabled people in their area, according to new data from ADASS.

Almost all directors of adult social services across England say there is neither enough funding nor enough care workers to meet the support needs of older and disabled people this winter.

Fewer than 1 in 10 directors think they could manage with existing resources over the next few months, ADASS' survey has found. Three in four say they could not cope if a large care provider were to fail.

Cathie Williams, ADASS chief executive, said, “Only a handful of directors have any confidence they may be able to get through the winter with the funding they have and the care workers available locally. We were fearful in the summer; we are fearful now. This affects all of us.”


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