National Children’s and Adult Services conference

NCASC14 LogoVery early on Wednesday I left the house in darkness and caught a train bound for Manchester to go to the annual National Adults and Children’s conference #ncasc14

The day started with a thoughtful speech from David Pearson this year’s President of ADASS with whom I sit on the TLAP Board with. At the conference ADSS and the LGA launched the Adult care funding: 2014 state of the nation report which you can find at This report is a really good summary of the state of adult social care after a period of Local Government funding cuts, the funding crisis that is looming, readiness for the coming Care Act and the current state of play with regards the great ‘undiscovered country’ of Health and Social Care integration. In short if you never read another thing about this subject, probably the biggest domestic challenge this county faces, then read this, it makes for a sobering read. Not full of doom and gloom but a realistic assessment of where we are at.

It also neatly summed up the day and the various plenary and fringe events I attended. In one we heard from from a reinvented Shadow Secretary of State Andy Burnham MP, who surely can’t be the same chap who I knew of in the last Labour Government. But as usual in his session with the Shadow Children’s Minister Tristan Hunt lots of announcements that if they win in May 2015 they promised to implement but as usual with Labour nice ideas, but back in the real world how are you going to pay for it, always the flaw in their argument.

The conference covers both Children’s Services and Adults Services, but a read of the programme rather highlighted the impression I usually form each year that it is a programme that leans towards adult rather than children services. Of course the current funding cuts and demographic pressure rather demands the attention in local government as does the undiscovered (well for most councils and local Health economies) country of real health and social care integration.

The following morning I had a meeting with colleagues from the LGA and then with the TLAP team about the upcoming TLAP conference where I am speaking and co-chairing a session about Building Community Capacity. And then my conference was over, all too quickly for the 89 hours I spent travelling to and from it.

As I said to one colleague, most jealous I could not stay for the rest of the conference as so many important sessions and discussions to hear on this most difficult of subjects facing local government for the foreseeable future.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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