ADASS Activity Survey 2021

The ADASS Activity Survey was conducted by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and was sent to every Director of Adult Social Services (Directors). The survey was completed between April and June by 147 (97%) of the 152 principal councils in England responsible for adult social services. 

This particular report focuses on five key activities delivered and overseen by local authorities.

  1. Social justice and inclusion
  2. Access to services & support
  3. Carers and caring
  4. Care market sustainability
  5. NHS interface.


• Directors report that local authorities are seeing increased numbers of people seeking support for mental ill-health, domestic abuse and safeguarding, and homelessness.

• Closure and unavailability of some services (such as day services) has led to increased numbers of people seeking support for other social care services.

• There has been increased need and activity as a result of people not being admitted to hospital as well as increased social care activity as a result of people being discharged from hospital.

• Adult social care has stepped up during the pandemic and is providing care and support for increased numbers of people who have not been admitted to or who are being discharged from hospital.

• Carers have taken on significant responsibilities during the pandemic as evidenced by Carers UK and other bodies. This has included people taking on caring responsibilities for the first time, as well as carers either choosing not to or not being able to access services for the person they care for due to infection concerns.

• However, fewer carers have contacted their local authorities for support and fewer carer’s assessments have been undertaken. This is despite Directors reporting an increasing number of people seeking support in the event of Carer breakdown or carer unavailability. This would suggest that carers are not seeking help until they actually break down.

• Care markets have continued to experience turbulence. However, time-limited Covid-19 grant funding, such as the Infection Control Fund, is reported to have prevented or delayed some provider failures by way of closures and there have been fewer contract hand-backs to local authorities by providers.