Six hundred people a day are joining growing waiting lists to be assessed for care and support in England, according to a new report by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
ADASS say adult social care is buckling under unprecedented pressures. Almost 300,000 people are waiting for an assessment of their needs by social workers, an increase of 90,000 (44%) in five months, with one in four waiting for longer than six months. ADASS calculates the number waiting could hit 400,000 by November – double the total 12 months previously.
A further 37,447 people, who had been assessed as needing a service, were waiting for it, or their direct payment, to start. And 210,106 people receiving a service or payment were overdue for a review.
In all, 542,002 people were awaiting assessment, review or the start of a service or direct payment – an increase of 37% from November last year.
The latest figures have emerged from a recent survey of member councils in England by ADASS.