ADASS/LGA survey shows widespread progress implementing Putting People First across Councils in England
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
The Local Government Association
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2009
A recent survey showed that widespread progress is being made by councils nationally to transform social care for adults, giving people better access to and more control over a wider range of care and support.
148 of 150 English councils responded to the survey conducted by ADASS and the LGA to measure progress made in the first year of implementing the Putting People First programme.
On the 31st March 2009, almost 93,000 people were receiving Personal Budgets equating to over £681m of council expenditure.
By the end of March next year it is expected this will rise to around 206,000 people. Based on current trends, this would commit nearly £1.5bn of Council funding, and suggests that at least one person in every five receiving council funded support to live in their own home will have a personal budget.
Significantly, across the country over 40% of personal budgets now go to older people.
Nearly all authorities report active engagement with provider organisations in the development of a wider range of care and support services and increased local and regional work on market development is planned.
4 out of 5 authorities feel that the range and flexibility of provision has already improved, and over three quarters believe that the development of preventative services in their area has significantly impacted on outcomes.
All councils report development of better local information and advice services that will be more widely available to everyone in their community.
Jeff Jerome, National Director, Social Care Transformation said:
The information given to us from councils presents a strong positive message of engagement and commitment to moving the Putting People First agenda forward. Extensive programmes of change are underway almost everywhere with evidence of good understanding, commitment and leadership, in partnerships with a range of organisations, including consumers and providers of services.
The survey indicates very strong progress indeed amongst a significant number of councils and we are confident this will become much more widespread over the coming year. We will be working both regionally and nationally to ensure this.
Jenny Owen, President ADASS said:
I am delighted to see that the hard work and commitment of authorities to this exciting and challenging agenda is showing such good progress and that so many more people now have control of the resources of care and support they need.
Cllr David Rogers, LGA spokesperson on social care, said:
Councils are focusing all their efforts on giving elderly and vulnerable people the care that they need and expect. Allowing people more of a say over the kind of care that they get is a vital way of modernising care and making sure that they get the right services at the right time.
Care Services Minister Phil Hope said:
Progress in all aspects of this programme is very encouraging, particularly the finding that nearly 93,000 people have benefited from a personal budget so far. This was well above my expectations for this stage.
It is clear that we have a long way to go to give everyone more choice and control over the care and support they receive. Local councils are clearly working hard to transform their systems to do this and we need to work together with local communities to ensure this progress continues.
I would like to thank ADASS and the LGA for the way they have mobilised authorities to begin this process of transforming social care. I know their efforts are already changing people's lives for the better all across the country."
For further information contact:
Linda Doherty Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org (020) 7072 7432
Jeff Jerome email@example.com (020) 7664 3218
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adults social services in local authorities in England. As well as having statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of leisure, library, housing, culture and arts services within their councils. ADASS grew out of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) following the division of local authority services for adults and children.