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CSCI publishes Council Ratings
Thursday 27 November 2008
Today, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has published star ratings for adult social care in England. According to CSCI, council-arranged or council-funded social care services have improved for the sixth year running. Star ratings show that over the last two years 28 councils got better (19%), while only 11 got worse (7%).
However, Mencap is concerned that those excluded by the system are often left to struggle on with little or no help at all.
Mark Goldring, chief executive of learning disability charity Mencap, says: "Whilst we congratulate those Councils who have made improvements over the last year, CSCI's star ratings fail to tell the real social care story. For the many people with a learning disability who have been squeezed out of the social care system due to funding shortages, the star ratings are meaningless. Across the country people with a learning disability and their family carers are suffering because of cuts to services and rationing of social care. Without substantial additional funding this can only get worse."
For a copy of CSCI's star ratings go to http://www.csci.org.uk.
For further information contact Lucy Hannagan, Mencap press office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7696 6017