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Cabinet Decision: 29th November 2012
Title of Item/Report
Adult Social Care - Local Account 2011 - 12
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report providing members with a Local Account of Adult Social Care for 2011-2012.

The production of a Local Account by Councils has been promoted as part of the approach to sector led improvement. It was also seen as an element of the national Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) which was introduced in 2011 as part of a revised approach to monitoring the effectiveness of Council provision for adult social care. Although the publication of a Local Account was not a statutory requirement, it had been expected that Councils would produce Local Accounts for 2011~12 in order to share learning and develop best practice.

There had been a commitment through the N.E. ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) to support the production of Local Accounts and some ‘peer review’ of the documents within the region as they had been developed.

The aim of the Local Account was to support greater transparency and accountability by reporting to residents, in an accessible format, how we thought we had addressed priorities and improved outcomes for those in need of social care. It was also intended as a vehicle for engaging with the community around local priorities and showing how feedback had influenced service delivery.

The Local Account was developed with the support of a small project group. It has been subject to consultation. The Adults Services section of Stockton News was to be used in the future as a vehicle for providing updates and for seeking feedback on development of future Local Accounts.

On approval of the final version of the Local Account, it was the intention that the document would be made available via the Council’s website. A small number of copies would be printed, for circulation to relevant partner agencies and community groups.

RESOLVED that the Adult Social Care - Local Account 2011-12 be approved.
Reasons for the Decision
For Cabinet to approve the Local Account of Adult Social Care as a means of providing accountability to its residents regarding the Council’s work in delivery of adult social care services.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on Friday 7th December 2012

Date of Publication: 03 December 2012

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