Queen's Speech: maintaining the momentum 'vital'

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
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Date: Wednesday 9th May 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed assurances in todays Queens Speech that legislation on the shape of future adult care services will be brought forward by the Government. But they are unable to hide their disappointment that we have still not moved on from the position where successive Governments have been unable to find a way of ensuring that those services will be adequately funded.

ADASS President Sarah Pickup said: We fully understand the wide variety of problems facing the Coalition Government and the economic, social and political complexities which surround them. But, she went on, the care system for adults, be they elderly and frail, and/or disabled in any way, is inadequate to meet their needs.

Government has acknowledged this; all the parties have acknowledged this; as have all the carers and users groups involved. The Coalition specifically highlighted the urgency of finding a solution in its early agreement and decision to set up the Dilnot Commission.

We very much welcome the inclusion in the Speech of a process that will move us forward positively towards legislation. But we also very much urge Government to recognise the urgency of the situation we face, maintain its momentum, and pick up the issue of adult social care as a key priority as the next spending review approaches.

ADASS will be keen to work with Government departments in order that all the strands currently going forward Dilnot; the Law Commissions views; benefit reorganisation, and the impact of the Health and Social Care Act to name but a few - can be pulled together to set up a sustainable system for the future.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01922 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

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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.