ADASS: free homecare Bill is unfair and too costly
A survey of local authorities by the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) has prompted the body the raise what it describes as “serious concerns” about whether the Governments Personal Care at Home Bill is affordable.
The Bill, announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the Labour Party Conference last September, will make personal care free to elderly people living at home. Since the announcement, many organisations have voiced concerns that the new Bill focuses on only one aspect of the funding of adult social care.
ADASS says people who have a fractionally lower level of need, but still require considerable support, would continue to have to pay, as would those receiving residential and nursing care. Nor, says ADASS, is the Bill simple for the public to understand or for staff to administer.
The Government has said the total cost of the policy is £670m in a full year. Of that, the G