Across the country, adult social care is under growing pressure. The amount of money available for councils to spend has reduced and will continue to reduce over the coming years. There is also growing demand for adult social care services.
To help address these challenges, the council has already changed its adult social care services to make sure they provide better quality, are more effective and deliver the best possible value for money.
However, the council is approaching the limit of savings that can be achieved through providing services more efficiently.
We, like many other councils, are moving away from funding universal services to focussing on those organisations which can show clear evidence of providing targeted support for those at risk of their care and support needs escalating.
In the light of these changes the council has now conducted a review of all its prevention and early support services for adults to ensure that they:
are performing as well as they can
are aimed at people who need them most
are based on evidence of the best types of prevention services.
provide maximum value for money
do not duplicate other services available
focus on preventing the things that we know increase people’s need for services, such as being isolated.
On 10 November 2016, the Adults and Safeguarding Committee considered a paper which provided the outcome of this reviews and proposals for their future provision.
We are now seeking your views on our proposal’s. We have provided further information on our proposals in our consultation document here, and you can read the full Committee full paper here.
What Happens Next
The consultation has now closed and the council is currently analysing the results.
All the responses from the consultation will be taken into account and councillors will consider the responses to this consultation at a Adults and Safeguarding Committee meeting scheduled for 19 September 2016.