Wednesday September 6 2014

Directors of adult social services have welcomed the Burstow Commission’s* acknowledgement of the exceptional work done by dedicated and caring staff in residential care every day and every night: “It rightly highlights the need for them to be valued and remunerated appropriately,” according to ADASS President David Pearson.

He also fully endorsed the report’s recommendation that the concept of `Housing with Care’ has much to commend it and can help to further develop approaches taken by many councilsalready.“Weare seeing the idea of residential care for older people beginning to attract a stigma which should be nipped in the bud,” he said.
 

He added: “the funding of social care for older and younger disabled people is one of the most important discussions to take place in the first part of this century. Our modern, wealthy society must decide how much it is going to set aside from national income to meet health and care needs; what contribution the state will make, and what we expect from our citizens in terms of a contribution.”

ENDS

For further information contact:
David Pearson, ADASS President, 0115 977 4636
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

* DEMOS’ Commission on Residential Care, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, was published in September 2014

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services(ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.