Yesterday a new website was launched by care and support
minister Normal Lamb allowing people to compare local adult social
The Adult Social Care Outcomes site brings together existing
data into one location to allow service users to find out more
about care services in their council area, and compare options.
On the website, individuals can select their local authority, or
type in a postcode, to find out how carers and service users rate
local services. Ratings cover areas including quality of life,
satisfaction with services, and safety.
The site, designed to help people hold their council to account
through rating services, has also been designed to provide people
with the information they need to make informed decisions about the
services they choose - an important part of supporting the up-take
of personal budgets.
Lamb said the Department of Health had worked with the Health
and Social Care Information Centre to launch the search tool.
'We want people to be able to hold their council to account if
it fails to deliver good results from adult social care services,
such as helping people to live independently or giving them genuine
choice and control over their care and support.
'We want everyone to get better care and I hope this website
will help to drive improvement across all local authorities so that
this is a reality.'
Visit the website at: http://ascof.hscic.gov.uk
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