ADASS praise for Hampshire Commission

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday November 25, 2008
Embargo: Immediate

Commission report 'vital reading' for central and local government - ADASS

Directors of adult social services have warmly praised Hampshire County Council  for the innovative and progressive ideas contained in todays publication of Getting Personal: a Fair Deal for Better Care and Support*. According to ADASS Vice President Jenny Owen, the report is an invaluable trailblazer for all of those concerned that, when the time comes for the Green Paper on adult care to be published, the Government has to get it absolutely right.

ADASS President John Dixon was a member of the Commission, brought together by Hampshire to examine caring for older people and disabled people in the new and emerging contexts of personalised services, individual or personal budgets, and the wider social care transformation initiative.

Ms Owen said that, in many ways, it was the modest but ingenious ways in which the Commissions report approached some of the more intractable problems within adult social care that most commended it. Reserving more free social care to those vulnerable episodes surrounding hospital admission and discharge has much to commend it. As do proposals to re-examine the tax/benefits relationship and to make a universal offer to all citizens.

In the coming years it is going to be increasingly important that a much wider tranche of people come to see themselves as stakeholders in, and owners of, the social care process bluntly, to persuade them that theres something for every citizen in the local authoritys `offer. Hampshires Commission have wisely tackled some of the important issues raised with this and other topics. It will make important reading for central government and other local authorities alike.


For further information, contact:

Jenny Owen, ADASS Vice President, 01245 434806;
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 348 5023/07976 837755

Portraits of John Dixon and Jenny Owen available on request.

* For more information about the work of the Commission:


`Personalisation' is a term used to describe a number of ways in which vulnerable adults can receive a mixture of local authority and government money in order to pay directly for the care services they need without direct social services involvement. They will be helped in making an assessment of their needs and finances by social workers who will also involve and consider the needs and availability of informal carers.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. 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 leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.