King's Fund report 'commands attention and deserves support'

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday, March 16 2010
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of Adult social services have welcomed today's report from the King's Fund* outlining the research centre's proposals for a way ahead for the funding of adult social care.

According to ADASS President Jenny Owen, the report's four-part strategy for transforming social care for adults is "a measured, carefully constructed series of proposals which command considerable attention and demand considerable support.

"It contains a common-sense discussion of the partnership option; a no-nonsense approach towards a sympathetic rethink of attendance allowance, as well as all the important trans-generational implications."

She added: "The King's Fund have shown again that the time is ripe for urgent, comprehensive reform of social care funding one which treats seriously the Partnership Model where a level of state help is provided free, with the balance being contributed by individuals according to their ability to pay.

"This is one of a number of solutions which have been floated recently, and we all look forward with interest to publication of the Government's White Paper on the subject, due later this month."

On the eve of a crucial House of Lords debate on the Personal Care at Home Bill, Ms Owen said "Above all, we need to debate these issues as far as possible outside a party political context. The important challenge to us all will be to ensure that the spotlight is kept on these issues as brightly after the election as they have been before."

For further information contact:
Jenny Owen, ADASS President, 01245 434806
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Portrait pictures of Ms Owen available on request.

* Securing Good Care for More People Options for Reform, Kings Fund, March 2010