ADASS welcomes cash boost for social care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Sunday 1st January 2012
Embargo: 00.01 hrs, Monday 2nd January 2012

Adult social services directors have welcomed todays Department of Health announcement that additional sums of money are being made available for social care and housing support. According to ADASS President Peter Hay, the extra funding will ease some of the pressures facing adult social care, and further our objective of working in an ever more integrated way with NHS colleagues.

 

He added: the sums, mostly allocated to help reduce delayed discharges of older people from hospital, are particularly welcomed. It needs to be remembered, though, that delays in hospital discharge are notoriously caused by a wide variety of factors, less than half of which are the responsibility of local authorities.

 

The DH has made an additional £150 million revenue available via primary care trusts in order to address delayed discharges, and a further £20 million capital expenditure to add to the Disabled Facilities Grant, making it easier for disabled people to live in their own homes.

 

Mr Hay said: pleased as we are with this helpful initiative, directors are well aware that it is a small, valuable contribution to solving a problem which goes far deeper. Politicians and professionals alike have agreed that we are managing a system of care for older people which is unfit for purpose, and we look forward to the publication next week of the governments response to the Future Forums work, and the continuing discussions about the social care White Paper which is due this spring.

 

ENDS

 

For further information contact:

Peter Hay, ADASS President, 07766 923000

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.