Association committed to working in partnership with DH and LGA over financial reforms
Wednesday 17th July 2013

Directors of adult social services are pleased with the opportunity that todays financial announcements from the Department of Health has given them to influence and shape policy as it develops, and pleased too that the implementation will be closely coordinated between central and local government.

We are, she said, committed to working in partnership with DH and LGA on a joint programme to ensure successful and sustainable delivery of these reforms.

In particular, Mrs Keene welcomed the extra assurances that the Governments proposals will give many elderly people who might have suffered greater insecurity at a time of their lives when the need for security and reassurance is at a premium. The call for greater clarity and better information is crucial. As is the continuing search with the insurance industry to find financial products to support planning for old age.

She stressed the need for caution about the extent of change, timescales and accuracy of the costing predictions. At a time of great financial challenge in local government, we simply cant afford to miscalculate the costs of these moves. The proposals do not mean an additional money will be coming into social care. But they do mean that social services departments will be better placed to offer security and peace of mind to a greater number of people, she said.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 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. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.