Analysis of Care Quality Commission data has found that in six local authorities around England, good quality places in care homes are so limited that 50 per cent or more local beds are actually in facilities that have been rated by inspectors as either inadequate or in need of improvement.
Consumer watchdog Which? evaluated the data and found that in 45 local authorities, a third or more places are in poor quality homes, with nine of these in the capital – including Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Newham, Haringey, Barnet, Ealing and Harrow.
In Manchester and Wakefield, meanwhile, 58 per cent of beds are in homes rated as either poor or inadequate, followed by Kirklees (57 per cent), Portsmouth (56 per cent) and Tameside (55 per cent).
Which? is now warning that this issue could get worse as demand for places in care homes begins outstripping supply in a growing number of local authority areas. Further research from the organisation shows that nearly nine out of ten council areas across England could see a care home place shortfall come the year 2022.
This comes after the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services criticised the government for failing to provide any further funding for adult social care in the latest Budget. President Margaret Willcox drew attention to the fact that budgets are being slashed but the demand for such services is on the rise.
There are other pressures on the sector, including the rise in the national living wage, demands that all need to be balanced more effectively.
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