PRESS RELEASE Issued: 11 July 2012 – For Immediate Release

ARC CALLS FOR REAL CHANGE FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Jacqui Bell, CEO of ARC, today said that, “ARC welcomes the requirements the white paper places on local authorities to commission services that support the person’s health and wellbeing, and hopes that this will lead to the high-quality services that we have always campaigned for.

“We are also pleased to hear that minimum training standards will be implemented for care workers, particularly if it includes Social Care and not just care workers in the Health Service. After Winterbourne View these measures are vital and must be rigorously enforced.

“Whilst we are pleased to see that people will be enabled to move more freely to be closer to relatives, we are not convinced that the measures in this paper will actually end the current postcode lottery.

“Apart from agreeing in principle to caps on care costs and national minimum standards for eligibility, the detail of the genuine reform to a rapidly failing system appears to have been side-stepped.” She warns that “without immediate action on Social Care reform from the Government the white paper will fail to bring real change.”

Jacqui added, “Social Care is in crisis. In this age of austerity procrastination is a luxury the Social Care Sector can ill afford. The Government has said that more funding will be made available, but this may only cover the additional responsibilities it lays upon local authorities, and may not address the existing funding pressures in the care system that many of our members and other providers in the learning disability and care sector undoubtedly face now.

“As the new CEO for ARC, I will be spending more time talking to our members and people who have a learning disability about the impact of this white paper on their services. ARC will continue to challenge government, commissioners and providers to deliver real change in the lives of people who have learning disabilities.”

Tina Fahm, Chair of ARC, said, “We welcome the publication of the white paper on Social Care reform. Today’s announcements are a positive step, particularly plans to give people greater control over their own care and support, workforce development and training to deliver high-quality care, promoting wellbeing and independence. However, without information on exactly how the reforms are to be implemented we are no closer to real change for the sector.”

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Notes to editors

Contact media@arcuk.org.uk or call 01246 555 043 for more information

ARC Information:

  • ARC (Association for Real Change) is a UK-wide membership organisation, which supports providers of services to people with a learning disability.
  • We provide a range of services such as high-quality information, networking opportunities, publications, and CRB checks.
  • ARC’s training services team are able to offer learning disability service providers assistance and support to review their staff training plans and implement quality supervision and best practice relating to issues such as positive behaviour support, handling medication and advocacy.
  • ARC is committed to promoting best practice within the learning disability sector and we work with others such as the Department of Health, Skills for Care, and Big Lottery Fund through a range of projects.
  • ARC works in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Association for Real Change (ARC) ARC House, Marsden Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1JY
Tel: 01246 555 043 Fax: 01246 555 045 Email: contact.us@arcuk.org.uk Web: www.arcuk.org.uk

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