ADASS welcome for TLAP survey

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Embargo: Immediate

ADASS president Sandie Keene has praised adult social services departments for the `important strides they have taken towards widening and improving the spread of personal budgets to older and disabled people.

A survey published today by Think Local; Act personal shows that

* Over 70 per cent of people who hold a personal budget reported a positive impact on being independent, getting the support they need and want and being supported with dignity.

* Over 60 per cent reported a positive impact on physical health, mental wellbeing and control over their support.

* A further 50 per cent reported a positive impact on feeling safe in and outside their home, and in their relationships with paid supporters.

The survey, conducted among over 3,000 people who use personal budgets (PBs) found only small numbers of people reporting negative impact.

Mrs Keene acknowledged, too, that there was room for improvement in some areas, particularly on the procedural aspects of awarding and managing the PB process. Directors are strongly committed to improving access to more personalised care and will work with TLAP and the sector-led improvement initiatives to drive change .

But, she said We must acknowledge that good and substantial progress is being made in helping people live better, more fulfilling lives, in spite of the many difficulties we face.

* A survey of social care budgets published by ADASS earlier this month showed that 86 per cent of directors of adult social services thought that the quality of life for services users had not been lowered, while only five per cent thought that the quality of care was lower. See http://alturl.com/qikzy

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Media Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 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. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf.

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.