Over the same period, 48 councils saw the closure of providers of home care services over the period, the survey of all council social services directors shows.Council chiefs said the sector was becoming “increasingly fragile,” with cuts to social care in recent years fuelling pressures on the NHS, and adding to the burden on families.Overall, three quarters of those polled said health services were under increased pressure as a result of attempts to cut spending on social care. Care home evictions as a result of closures have risen by almost 40 per cent in a year amid a growing crisis in social care, a new report warnsThe audit by the Association of Directors of Social Services reveals that at least two thirds of councils, and thousands of elderly residents, have experienced recent closures.It follows warnings that such moves can threaten the health of the frail, with higher death rates found among those forced to undergo unplanned changes in accommodation.The figures show 58 councils have seen residential and nursing homes go out of business within a six-month period, forcing the vulnerable into new accommodation.In total, 2,492 people had to be re-housed after their provider closed down, the figures show – a 39 per cent rise from 1,793 the previous year. “How we help people live the life they want, how we care and support people in our families and communities, and how we ensure carers get the support they need is at stake – it’s time for us to deliver the secure future that so very many people in need of social care urgently need,” Mr Garrod said.The annual survey found adult social care is now taking up almost 38 per cent of councils’ budgets – a rise from 30 per cent in 2010.Richard Murray, Director of Policy at think tank The King’s Fund said: “This latest evidence, from every council in England, lays bare once again the need for, as the Prime Minister put it herself, a proper plan to pay for and provide social care. Older and disabled people and their families and carers continue to be let down by a system that is on its knees.” It is of serious concern that we have such a fragile social care market. We cannot go on like thisGlen Garrod, ADASS president She said: “With around 1 in 5 adult social care services currently rated as either requires improvement or inadequate, the reality is people cannot always rely on safe, effective and high quality care being available when they need it. That is no way to treat our older citizens and people living with disabilities or in vulnerable circumstances. “Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “When council social care bosses – who tend to issue very measured responses – say the situation with social care is bad you know it’s really bad.”“Despite the best efforts of councils to protect care for older people the latest ADASS survey highlights the desperate and growing gap between the care needs of pensioners and the help available for them.“Unless policy makers are willing to invest in care, hundreds of thousands of older people face a bleak future, living without their needs being met. It is a disgrace that there are already 1.2 million older people who need support with daily essentials like getting dressed, going to the toilet, taking their medication or preparing their food, who are missing out. “A Government spokesman said: “We know the social care system is under pressure — that’s why we’ve provided an extra £9.4 billion over three years. We will shortly set out our plans to reform the system, which will include the workforce and a sustainable funding model supported by a diverse, vibrant and stable market.” Glen Garrod, ADASS president, said the findings were “worrying”, calling on ministers to urgently increase funding for social care, and to make major reforms of the service in a green paper, expected later this summer.“It is of serious concern that we have such a fragile social care market,” he said. “We cannot go on like this.” Andrea Sutcliffe, Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said the watchdog had repeatedly raised concerns “that the adult social care sector is precarious with mounting pressures continuing to push the sector towards a tipping point. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.