Carers report 'up to date and to the point'

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: August 28, 2008
Embargo: 00.01 hrs, Friday August 29, 2008

Directors of adult social services have congratulated the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee for producing a report* on carers issues which is up to date, to the point, and reflects whats best about current thinking on the topic.

According to Graeme Betts and Caroline Marsh, ADASS National Leads on carers issues, We are particularly pleased that the Committee has taken on board many of the issues raised by ADASS and our Local Government Association partners.

The proposals for a two-tier system of benefits, reflecting the need for a flexible system that suits working carers as well as those unable to work because they are dealing with intense levels of need, is one that is very close to users and carers hearts, our hearts, and the hearts of many hundreds of benefits advice colleagues all over the country.

The ADASS National Leads went on to urge the Government to take the message in the Commons report seriously. At the very least, said Marsh and Betts, its conclusions and recommendations should be at the forefront of the current thinking thats going into the Green Papers on both welfare reform and on social care funding for adults services.

ENDS

* Valuing and Supporting Carers

For further information contact:
Graeme Betts, ADASS Co-National Lead on Carers Issues, 01926 412198
Caroline Marsh, ADASS Co-National Lead on Carers Issues, 0161 234 3952
Gary Vaux, ADASS Benefits Adviser, 01438 843634
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

The ADASS submission to the Committee can be found at
http://www.adass.org.uk/publications/consresp/2008/carersinquiryApril08.doc

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. As well as having statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of leisure, library, housing, culture and arts services within their councils. ADASS grew out of the Association of Directors of Social services (ADSS) following the division of local authority services for adults and children.