ADASS Welcomes Review of Social Care Eligibility Criteria

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday October 20, 2008

Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed todays publication of the review of social care eligibility criteria published by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. According to ADASS President John Dixon, the report in many aspects adequately reflects the emerging priorities of our social care transformation agenda, and the principles of the Concordat reflected in the Governments publication Putting People First.

Everyone who has a social care need ought to have access to top-flight advice and information about how they can address that need. And responses to those needs ought to be made, as far as possible, in a personalised way involving all the wide resources a local authority has at its disposal.

He emphasised too, and agreed with CSCI, that so far as resources allow, universal services should be in place across authorities which enable individuals to help themselves.

The gradation of universal services towards increasingly targeted support is one that we would strongly support, he said. It is all of a piece with the development of support by authorities for the wellbeing of all our residents, with extra help for those who need it most.

He stressed that the CSCI had produced a `major stepping stone towards the forthcoming Green Paper, and went on to praise the Inspectorate for undertaking an extremely complicated task. Many of the issues they have grappled with can only be finally unravelled within the context of a thoroughly worked out and debated Green Paper on adult care funding, something which we await with keen anticipation, he said.

ENDS

For further information contact:
John Dixon, ADASS President, 01243 777660
Sarah Pickup, Co-Chair, ADASS Resources Network, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 0208 348 5023 / 07976 837755