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LGA - New adult social care appointment for LGA and ADASS

Joanna David has been appointed Assistant Director, Adult Social Care Reform for the LGA and ADASS – a role that will help shape the Care Bill and influence the future of adult social care and support in England.

The Care Bill, introduced to Parliament in May 2013, is designed to update adult care and support in England. Joanna David will work on behalf of the LGA and ADASS to support negotiations to improve the detail of the Care Bill and its supporting regulations during its passage through Parliament.

She will also put in place practical arrangements for the implementation of the Bill, expected to gain Royal Assent before next year's parliamentary summer recess. Joanna David said:

"The provision of adult social care is one of the major issues facing local authorities. The Care Bill is a positive step towards addressing the problems arising from our rapidly-ageing population, but it needs strong input from local government to ensure it does the job it is intended to do.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to help the LGA and ADASS influence the Bill in the crucial months ahead and ensure it is implemented in a way that will provide maximum benefit to vulnerable people and their carers across England."

Cllr Katie Hall, Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "For a number of years local government has been at the forefront of making the case for change in the way that support and care is commissioned and delivered and we broadly support the proposals set out in the Bill.

"Joanna's considerable skills and experience will help ensure that local government expertise continues to play a central role as the Bill passes through Parliament, and in the development of accompanying regulations and guidance.

"Joanna's in-depth knowledge will be invaluable in helping ensure the full spectrum of work across health and social care is joined up and heading in the right direction."

Notes to editors

1. Joanna David previously worked as assistant director for commissioning of adult social care at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She has also worked at the London Boroughs of Haringey, Waltham Forest and Camden.

2. The Care Bill is designed to bring together existing care and support legislation into a new, modern set of laws. It sets out new rights for carers, emphasises the need to prevent and reduce care and support needs, and introduces a national eligibility threshold for care and support. It introduces a cap on the costs that people will have to pay for care and sets out a universal deferred payment scheme so that people will not have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for residential care.

More information on the Care Bill is available here (Parliament website).

LGA briefings on the Care Bill


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