ADASS welcomes law commission report

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday 11th May 2011
Embargo: Open

The proposed core duties as set out in todays Law Commission report on adult social care provide a framework within which the government's vision for adult social care, and the sector's aspiration set out in Think Local, Act Personal, can be delivered, according to directors of adult social services.

According to ADASS Vice President Sarah Pickup, the suggestion that the overarching purpose of adult social care should be to promote or contribute to the wellbeing of the individual and the clear reference to provision of information and advice more widely is particularly welcome, as are the proposals for a clear three-tier structure setting out core duties in a single statute.

The second tier of regulations and a third tier in the form of a code of practice would significantly simplify the legal framework for the provision of adult social care.

ADASS believes that the framework clearly allows for the development of regulations supporting the use of personal budgets and direct payments and will permit proportionate assessment, and the further development of, preventative and enabling services.

Ms Pickup added: The precise wording of clauses in any follow-up legislation will need to be carefully thought through. There is a need to ensure that defining community care services by reference to a list, as suggested, does not impose limits on the ways in which people can choose to meet their needs.

We now eagerly await the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on the funding of care and support which, together with the Law Commission recommendations, should provide solid foundations for the future of adult social care in England."

ENDS

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