TODAY’S DECISION BY the government to delay implementation of Phase 2 of the Care Act, and its provisions for capping care costs at £72,000 has been acknowledged as `understandable and inevitable’ by directors of adult social services.

According to Harold Bodmer, ADASS vice president, “The Care Act was rightly welcomed across the social care sector. However, the pressures of rising demand, punitively reduced budgets and the impending obligation to pay an enhanced National Living Wage have all put an intolerable strain on social care finance.
 

“Frankly, if directors were asked to choose between implementing the funding reforms right now or having the money directly to fund these growing demands they would almost without exception prioritise a fair and sustainable funding settlement to meet the true cost of providing safe, good quality care.”

“The important issue now must be to ensure that current services can benefit from the extra funding this decision makes available. This ought to be the beginning of a thoroughgoing, transparent process, through the coming spending review, of putting fair, equitable and fully-funded social care services back on track after what have been five devastating years.”
 

ENDS

For further information contact
 

Harold Bodmer, ADASS Vice President, 01603 223175

Drew Clode, 020 8348 5023 mob: 07976 837755

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.