Report outlines need to transform Norfolk's approach to adult care …
County councillors will meet on Monday, 7 September to consider how adult social care in Norfolk can be transformed so that more of the county s older and vulnerable adults are supported to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Proposals being presented to councillors on the Adult Social Care Committee include increasing the capacity of the reablement service to help people regain independence after leaving hospital, closer working with partners to spot signs of concern at an earlier stage, and, over time, increasing the number of housing with care places.
The report to councillors comes at a time when Norfolk County Council is having to radically change its role and the way it delivers services. Since 2011 the council has made savings of 244 million from service budgets, due to a reduction in funding from central government, increasing demand for its services and inflationary pressures.
Whilst the predicted shortfall for the next three years for the county council is forecast to be 111m, the Council is modelling its future services based on a larger shortfall figure of 169m. This is so that Members can have choices and options about how best to prioritise council spending across its services.
During September and October, all committees of the council have been asked to set out how they would deliver services with 75% of their addressable ( non-fixed ) budget, bringing forward initial ideas and savings proposals to bridge the gap over the next three years.
Cllr Sue Whittaker
Sue Whitaker, Chair of the Adult Social Care Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: Adult social services has a statutory obligation to support the county s most vulnerable people we are committed to this and this will absolutely not change.
However, it s clear that we need to change how we work and think inventively to make limited resources stretch further.
Given the nature of the department s work, and a local population that is ageing, I recognise finding further significant savings will be difficult.
Norfolk has a history of moving more people into traditional residential care than almost any comparable county. This is no longer considered best practice. Supporting people to maintain a good quality of life in their own homes is not only what people prefer but it also has better outcomes for residents and is more economical for the taxpayer.
Members of the committee have some initial proposals to consider on what supporting people to maintain their independence could mean in practice.
I really hope we will have some constructive discussions that will help set the department on the right track in the run up to setting next year s budget.
The gross adult social services budget for the current year (2015/16) is 358.963 million. A reduction of 25 per cent of the available budget over three years would result in a budget of 308.170 million by 2018-19. The report to councillors states that only a fundamental change to Norfolk s adult social care model will enable the department to make the required savings.
More detailed options will be brought to the October meeting of the Adult Social Care Committee ahead of public consultation getting underway at the end of October.
The meeting of the Adult Social Care Committee will take place at 10am in the Edwards Room at County Hall in Norwich.
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
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