ADASS home care survey: Twice as many local authorities reporting provider closures

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Local authorities are experiencing a rapid acceleration in home care provider closures and contract handbacks, according to a new report.

A snap survey conducted by ADASS found that the proportion of councils reporting closures, or providers ceasing to trade, for home care is 41% over the past six months. This compares to 21% for the previous period.

Respondents reported a total of 1,535 people who were affected by the closure or cessation of trading of home care providers.

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This is an average of 50 people per council, compared to an average of 21 people in the previous six months. The highest number reported by a local authority was 200.

In total, 85 directors in England responded to the survey, which is over half of the 152 in the country.

The survey also found that 48% of local authorities have experienced the closure or cessation of trading of residential and nursing homes over the past six months.

This compares to 35% reported in the six months prior to ADASS’ Activity Survey in June.

ADASS said the results revealed a ‘rapidly deteriorating situation’ in social care and called on the government for immediate funding and measures to stabilise the care system.

Stephen Chandler, president of ADASS, commented: “This survey confirms our worst fears. Red lights are flashing right across our dashboard.
“Despite magnificent efforts by the committed, courageous and compassionate people working in social care who are delivering extraordinary amounts of care and support, services are failing to meet everyone’s needs and older and disabled people are suffering.
“The government must now acknowledge the scale of the crisis and step in with emergency funding and measures to ensure we can get through the winter ahead.”

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