Southern Cross: ADASS expects robust business plans

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 11th July 2011
Embargo: Immediate

For directors of adult social services, todays announcement by Southern Cross means that landlords will start to identify clear proposals for the future of the care homes that they own. Councils now expect to start to see clear business plans on which they can make decisions about the continued care offered and so give reassurance to relatives and residents.

As a result of the announcement, Southern Cross ceased trading on the London Stock Exchange earlier this morning.

According to ADASS President Peter Hay: The assurances needed from landlords are vitally important to reassure all those people who live at Southern Cross homes, or who have loved ones and friends living there. We take the commitment as binding.

"We welcome the news from the landlords committee that all of Southern Cross landlords are wedded to working alongside ADASS members. Councils are fully committed to providing their help and expertise wherever it is required during the coming months. With local authorities, ADASS members will have prepared a range of regional contingency plans to provide help to landlords where necessary.

"We, alongside other colleagues, will be determined to establish that the new, emerging organisations preparing to care for older people in their localities have robust business plans showing they can cope with the current public sector spending environment. We continue to believe that this is possible, as shown by others in the care home market and will support landlords accordingly."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Peter Hay, ADASS President, 0121 202 2992
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

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.