ADASS pledges to do 'all we can' to help in social care market consultation

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Saturday 1st December 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services will 'look carefully at the consultation proposals concerning the financial regulation of the social care market which was announced today by the Department of Health.

According to ADASS President Sarah Pickup the issues that arose last year during the Southern Cross crisis produced new regulatory dilemmas, in a new way, in entirely unique circumstances. She said: The Southern Cross crisis led to a realisation that the scale and/or spread of some providers effectively meant that they became `too big to fail.

I and my colleagues very much welcome todays announcement, and will do all that we can to contribute to the consultative process both in relation to the ongoing responsibilities for local authorities and to the proposals for targeted market oversight.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/076976 837755

Editorial Notes

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

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here.