12th March 2014

President Sandie Keene has endorsed today’s report by the National Audit Office as providing a "vigorous, no-nonsense confirmation of the fears and anxieties ADASS has been expressing for nearly a year now.

"Ever since our 2013 budget survey, quoted by the NAO, was published, we have warned of a bleak situation emerging for social care, getting bleaker. Or, as the Office puts it: 'The need for care is rising while public spending is falling, and there is unmet need. Departments do not know if we are approaching the limits of the capacity of the system to continue to absorb these pressures.' That is an understatement.

"Directors will continue to work as closely as possible with the DH and local health authorities to maximise the value to older and vulnerable people of the Better Care Fund and the new possibilities for improvement emerging from within the integration initiatives.

"But the NAO report is a simple, stark warning of how badly the situation might have deteriorated over the past 12 months, and how it might deteriorate further in the years to come if the same financial restraints which have been promised us are maintained on local government and adult social care spending."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Media/Policy 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. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.