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Adult social care: Ninth Report of Session 2016–17

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Key facts

• Fewer than one in twelve Directors of Adult Social Care are fully confident that their local authority will be able to meet its statutory duties in 2017–18 (Paragraph 13)

• 28% of care services are inadequate or require improvement (Paragraph 18)

• Some councils pay £2.24 an hour for residential care (Paragraph 42)

• 96% of people paying for their own care pay on average 43% more than state funded residents in the same home for the same room and the same level of care (Paragraph 53)

• The turnover rate for nurses working in social care is 35.9% (Paragraph 78)

• 47.8% of care workers leave within a year of starting (Paragraph 78)

• The median hourly pay for a care worker is £7.40 (Paragraph 80)

• 160,000 to 220,000 care workers in England are paid below the national minimum wage (Paragraph 81)

• 49% of home care workers are on zero hour contracts, compared with 2.9% of the workforce nationally (Paragraph 85)

• 27% of care workers received no dementia training and 24% of those who administer medication were not trained to do so (Paragraph 86)

• Between 2010–11 and 2013–14, the number of unpaid carers increased by 16.5%, while the general population grew by 6.2% (Paragraph 102)

• In Leicester, although 30,000 people identified themselves as a carer in the 2011 Census, only 2,200 carers were in contact with the council (Paragraph 107)

• One in five unpaid carers providing 50 hours or more of care each week receives no practical support from the local authority (Paragraph 110)

This report should be read with Adult social care: a Pre-Budget Report. Taken together these reports describe the funding pressures on adult social care and their very serious consequences, and make the case for immediate extra funding. In addition, this report explores progress on integration of health and social care services and innovation in the provision of social care. We also set out what needs to happen to ensure that social care is funded sustainably in the medium and long terms.