ADASS pays tribute to Sir Alf Morris

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday 15th August 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have added to the tributes to Sir Alf Morris, the first ever Minister for Disabled People, who died recently. Sir Alf pioneered the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act which, according to ADASS President Sarah Pickup, did so much to build the rights of all disabled people into the very fabric of our legal, social and moral thinking.

She went on: She went on: There could be no finer reminder of the contribution Sir Alf made over 40 years ago than next weeks Paralympics. That disabled people could transcend the limitations of their disabilities to compete with and against each other and at virtually all the main sports, attracting huge audiences, was as unthinkable then as it is a cause for pride and celebration now.

One former director who worked with Sir Alf in the 1970s described him as An unfashionable and modest politician with a deep, abiding and effective commitment to unfashionable causes and disadvantaged people . A warm and loving man and the best kind of politician.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS 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.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf.

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here.