Adult social work teams are being warned to expect a “significant” rise in referrals in the year ahead as the impact of the economic slump hits communities.
John Dixon (pictured), president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said increases in unemployment, fuel poverty and home repossessions were likely to exacerbate social problems nationally.
“Extreme economic depressions always have led to serious social tensions within families and communities – and this one will be no exception,” he told Community Care.
“There is very strong evidence that these circumstances will inevitably have negative impacts on family relationships, child development and overall health and well-being.”
Dixon warned the pressures came with council budgets having been squeezed over the past three years. There was “little prospect of additional funds” from taxpayers, he told delegates.