C07 - Adult Care Resource Allocation System

Closed 19 Dec 2011

Opened 21 Sep 2011

Results Updated 17 Feb 2012

Thank you very much for all comments submitted to the savings proposals consultation. The staff and public consultation process have now concluded.  

Elected members have considered the final reports on this proposal including the staff and public views gathered during the consultation period. The decisions made are detailed below:

The proposal includes the introduction of a system of allocating resources fairly to all Adult Care service users and extending the roll out of individual budgets as part of a personalised social care system for adults

The new system will be more equitable, sustainable and ensure personal budgets reflect accurately people’s eligible social care needs.

The council will set a funding level for these budgets which is sustainable in terms of the financial resources available. Funding available from 2012/13 onwards will reduce and it is intended to reduce the costs of commissioned services so that it matches the funding available. Some people will not be in a position to afford to continue with their existing services, but support planning will help identify options which meet the person’s eligible needs, although not always in the way which they prefer or are used to.

All service users will be reassessed and the service will use the STARS enablement service and telecare technology as part of an assessment of individuals needs to assist in ensuring that a personal budget will fund affordable and effective support packages.

Proposed full year saving 2012/13:  £800,000

Cabinet Decision: To be implemented as originally proposed

You can find the final proposal document, equality impact assessment, and the public summary of all proposal decisions in the files section below.

Files:

Overview

The proposal includes the introduction of a system of allocating resources fairly to all Adult Care service users, as personal budgets are rolled out across the service.

Over the next year, Adult Care will be issuing many more personal budgets for care services. Eventually all service users will receive a personal budget for their care.

The current process is limited to services provided to older people. As other service users with more complex needs are provided with budgets, for example those with learning difficulties, the system needs to ensure that all users are treated fairly.

Councils can set the level of funding for Adult Care in line with the financial resources available. It is our intention to set a funding level which is sustainable.

Funding available from 2012/13 onwards will reduce. Over the next three years, it intended to reduce the costs of commissioned services so that it matches the funding available. We will also reserve some funds for people where the system does not produce a workable budget.  

Once a personal budget is applied to a person’s needs assessment there will be some people who cannot afford to continue with their existing services. However, with support planning it should be possible to find options which meet the persons needs, although this may not always be in the way which they prefer, or which they are used to.

There will be change for users, including a reduction in services for some users, but this will be based on a fair allocation of resources available. All service users will have their resource need assessed.

The indicative saving for this proposal is £800,000

As the proposal will affect service users, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to identify likely or actual effects on people with protected characteristics.

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