Monday November 10 2014

ADASS President David Pearson said: "We welcome today’s National Audit Office report on the Better Care Fund (BCF) which raises some important issues for the future about how large scale changes in health and care are to be led nation-wide.

"ADASS believes that the most effective way of delivering such change is by enabling local services to work closely with their communities. Transforming services for  the increasing number of people who have substantial health and social care need cannot be achieved from one central point. Given that the report has identified the way objectives changed during the whole BCF process, it would have helped if central government had been clearer from the outset about what the intended outcomes were to be.

"This initiative comes at a time when needs are rising while funding is falling. The funding brought together in the Better Care Fund was already committed to local services – it is not new money. The report refers to the 'bold assumptions' about savings and that the biggest risk area is social care funding – funding which has been required to save 26 per cent of social care budgets over the last four years.

"We support the overall objectives of the BCF in joining up services: this is clearly and demonstrably better for the people who need them. We do, however, require a longer term plan to ensure sustainable health and care services, funded adequately to meet the increased demands."

ENDS

For further information contact:
David Pearson, ADASS President, 0115 977 2207
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy /Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023 mob: 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.