Funding commission chair agrees to speak at major social care conference

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: 21st September 2010
Embargo: Immediate

Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the government-appointed Commission reviewing care and support funding has agreed to address delegates at this years National Children and Adults Care Conference.

He will be joining Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley, Secretaries of State for Education and Health respectively, as well as over 1000 delegates and exhibitors, in Manchester this November. The conference will take place within three weeks of the Comprehensive Spending Round, and just six months into the Coalition Government.

It is the biggest and busiest conference in the social care calendar. And it is the only conference to focus on the whole family by bringing together social care, education and health leaders across childrens and adult services.

According to ADASS President Richard Jones, Andrew Dilnots address will be a major event in this major conference. By then more of the immediate, pressing concerns over adult care funding will be very much in front of our minds. But it is the longer term, and the desperate need to see funding for older people and people with disabilities set on a secure foundation, that is the real challenge facing our communities.

Andrew Dilnot and his fellow Commissioners Lord Warner and Dame Jo Williams have a daunting responsibility to provide solutions to one of this centurys most complicated problems: hearing a first hand account of how they are setting about this task will be compelling The Commission is due to report by next July.

Speaking on his appointment, Andrew Dilnot said: There are not going to be any easy answers, and I know difficult decisions will have to be made. However, I am looking forward to examining all the issues, and listening to the ideas of those who have been working on care and support over the past few years. This has been a hotly debated topic over recent months. It is now my job to consider the best way forward and offer concrete recommendations to Government.

For further information contact:
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Further accreditation details concerning the National Conference will be sent to journalists early next month. For details of the conference, and for an up-to-date programme, go to www.adass.org.uk and click on `NCAS Conference

EDITORIAL NOTES

Andrew Dilnot CBE has been a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation since September 2009. He has been Principal of St Hughs College Oxford since 2002, and a Pro Vice Chancellor at Oxford since 2005. He was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002.

An economist by training, Andrew is also heavily involved in the debate about the use and understanding of statistics. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4s series on mathematics and statistics, More or Less. He has been the Chairman of the Statistics Users Forum since 2009.