The overall number social services staff has dropped in England but care has not suffered, according to figures from researchers at the Information Centre for health and social care.

However, the number of social workers employed by local councils increased in 2006, compared with 2005.

The overall number social services staff has dropped in England but care has not suffered, according to figures from researchers at the Information Centre for health and social care.

However, the number of social workers employed by local councils increased in 2006, compared with 2005.