The Adult Social Care Market

Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has welcomed the report from the National Audit Office regarding the adult social care market. 

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says: 

“The NAO report gives clear evidence that the social care system is fragile and in urgent need of reform”. 

The report examines the current care market and the DHSC’s role in overseeing the market now and in the future, with the aim of offering insights and recommendations ahead of future social care reforms. It builds on a significant body of past National Audit Office (NAO) work on care, including on the care workforce; personalised commissioning; and the interface between health and care. 

The report concludes that short term funding and lack of a long-term vision has hampered planning, innovation and investment in the sector. Furthermore, it maintains that the current accountability and oversight arrangements are ineffective for overseeing the care market. More information can be found at 

Martin Green continues: 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of social care and the need to regard it as part of the national infrastructure. Care England, stands ready to support the Government in developing a new vision for social care, that is properly funded, understood, and respected by everyone”. 



Notes to editors:


  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email 
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