ADASS welcomes Engagement Exercise

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday16th September 2011
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed Government's determination to proceed with the wide-ranging consultation promised following publication of the Dilnot Commission report on the funding of adult social care, and the Law Commission's analysis of adult social care law.

The 'Engagement Exercise' is, according to ADASS, an "important step towards determining the priorities for the social care White Paper promised by spring next year."

According to Peter Hay, ADASS President and a co-lead of the Exercise team, the process will play an important part in helping us achieve some important goals for the people we help.  It will take on board the improvements in social care practice represented by the Think Local; Act Personal initiative; it will focus the sector's mind on integration, prevention, the financial services and other market opportunities, as well as on the quality of care.

"Overall it will hopefully help us move closer towards a well-funded, open, easily understood, fair and effective system of social care."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS Vice President, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755?

Editorial notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

`Personalisation' is a term used to describe a number of ways in which vulnerable adults and their carers can receive a mixture of local authority and government money in order to pay directly for the care services they need without direct social services involvement.

They will be helped in making an assessment of their needs and finances by social workers who will also involve and consider the needs and availability of carers. Any contractual agreement is therefore between the individual and the care worker or operator.

The government has urged local authorities to prioritise the roll-out of individual budgets. A National Director for Social Care Transformation was appointed in September 2008 to contribute to the development of personalised services.