ADASS introducing 'once-in-a-generation changes' in the relationship between the citizen and State

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: July 16, 2008
Embargo: 00.01hrs, July 17, 2008

Directors of Adult services have welcomed todays report on services for older people from the Audit Commission* as an important contribution to the growing emphasis being given to care services and the way they are delivered.

According to ADASS President John Dixon, we are fully aware of the challenges the Audit Commission has identified, and are working flat-out, as individual authorities, as members of ADASS and in our dealings with local and central government, to ensure that our services for adults are more than fit for purpose.

He outlined a number of steps which directors of adult services are taking or have taken to ensure the anxieties of the Audit Commission are being taken on board. The Association is:

  • Fully engaged with government in implementing the Concordat - the agreement signed between ADASS, central and local government, the NHS, voluntary organisations, the Department of Health, the Treasury and other Whitehall Departments in December 2007.
     

  • Managing and overseeing the office of the National Director for Social Care Transformation who was recently appointed to help councils introduce personalised services, preventive services and improve the quality of information available to all citizens.
     

  • Working with Central Government and others to help construct a Green Paper on financing social care for adults which will help those services to be delivered fairly, safely and sustainably.
     

  • Collaborating with local government, health and regulatory partners to raise the profile of communications staff in adults social care departments and the important responsibility they will have in making the Concordat work.
     

  • Developing new ways in which the new resources at ADASS members disposal in the wider local government context - culture, libraries, leisure, housing, and community safety responsibilities - are all brought to bear on issues which contribute so fundamentally to the quality of older peoples lives.

Mr Dixon added: The Audit Commission report and its excellent case studies will help highlight the energy and enthusiasm which Departments across the country are deploying in these new areas of work.

Yes, they are right.  Not every department is going at the same speed.  And different local authorities have traditionally put different emphases on different services.  We are, after all, introducing a series of once-in-a-generation changes in the relationship between the citizen and the State.

But let nobody doubt that those changes will happen in a manner which will enhance the quality of life and wellbeing for older people, help preserve local democracy and help us all on our way to achieving an ever more socially just society which treats all our citizens - young and old alike - in a fair and equitable manner.

ENDS

For further information contact:
John Dixon, ADASS President, 01245 777660
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Pictures of John Dixon available on request

* Don't Stop Me Now - Preparing for an Ageing Population, Audit Commission, July 2008