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Pickup vows to fight for reform

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The new head of the adult social services professional body has vowed to continue the fight for reform of the funding system.

Sarah Pickup is set to become president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services at a ceremony next week and has committed to carrying on the work of predecessor Peter Hay.

Ms Pickup, director of health and community services for Hertfordshire CC, said: “Peter has done a terrific job in representing ADASS in the debate about some of the biggest social policy issues of our age.

“I hope to be able to carry on that work as we confront the issues that will surround the forthcoming white paper and the government’s response to the Dilnot challenges.”

Mr Hay warned in LGC last month that councils could face a funding shortfall of £25bn if the government removed the promise of reform in its Spring white paper as feared.

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