It is becoming ‘virtually impossible’ to recruit care workers for the elderly as the result of five years of budget cuts and efficiency drives means many workers would be better paid stacking shelves.
The Telegraph reports that local council care bosses have warned that the cuts are now threatening to drive private care agencies and care homes out of business – despite attempts to shield private providers from the full cost of the cuts.
A survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) on councils’ care budgets found 45% thought they had mitigated the cuts’ impact on care, but just 7% thought this could continue in future.
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