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NATIONAL SOCIAL SERVICES CONFERENCE - 'OWN GOAL' FOR GOVERNMENT AIMS

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Suzanne Simmons-Lewis reports from Cardiff...
Suzanne Simmons-Lewis reports from Cardiff

Government plans to fine councils for delays in providing placements for older people leaving hospital would be a 'spectacular own goal', according to chair of the Local Government Association's social services executive Alison King (Con).

Speaking at the opening of the National Social Services conference hosted by the Association of Directors of Social Services and the LGA, Ms King said: 'We are hard pressed to ensure sufficient services now - taking more money out of the system or blaming one part of the system will hardly help.'

Ms King also reiterated the LGA's stand against any major restructuring of children's services.
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