Rationing, not strengths-based practice, likely to explain fall in numbers receiving care, finds study

Rationing by councils, rather than the impact of strengths-based practice in reducing need, is the most likely explanation for falling numbers of people receiving adult social care amid record demand. That was the message from the King’s Fund’s annual social care 360, its analysis of the latest data on the state of adult social care in England, published last week. The number of requests for support councils received rose by 3.3% rise from 2020-21 to 2021-22, to 1,978,550, which was a 9.3% rise on the level in 2015-16, when contemporary records began, showed NHS Digital figures issued last year. Read more.

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