The extended consultation period for the government’s vision for
adult social care has doubled responses, and increased the service
user involvement, according to the Social Care Institute for
The consultation was extended to the end of last month after
community care minister Stephen Ladyman said he was unhappy with
the lack of service user involvement (news, page 6, 19 August). He
postponed the publication of the adult social care green paper
until the autumn.
Scie, which is analysing the consultation, said this week that it
had received nearly 200 further responses to the proposals. Also a
series of service user focus groups were involving people with
Learning difficulties groups had criticised the way the first wave
of consultations were handled.