SCIE media releases 2010

SCIE response to Law Commission Consultation on new Adult Social Care law

01 July 2010

SCIE welcomes the Law Commission’s review of current adult social care legislation. A single law on adult social care would resolve uncertainties and inconsistencies in the current legal framework, and offer clarity for the future.

SCIE’s Chair, Allan Bowman, says:

If the new law is to be relevant and workable, it will have to reflect the emerging policy framework, with its emphasis on personalisation, choice and control. It will also need to be linked to planned reform of long-term care funding. The way adult social care is being delivered is changing, with individuals achieving choice and control; a radical new funding system could make the proposed new legislation obsolete.

Any new adult social care law should help people who use services to understand what they’re entitled to, what their responsibilities are and how they can be protected if they are vulnerable. Adult social care should contribute to the wellbeing of people as individuals and promote dignity, social inclusion and personal identity. SCIE has an important role to play in these developments, including using the sort of support and resources we offer professionals on the implications of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), which has played a vital role in bringing staff up-to-speed with this crucial development in the law.

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