Changes to adult care

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COUNCILLORS have promised that the public’s views will be heard in its consultion on changes to adult social care.

The 90 day consultation began on October 12 and will end on Monday, January 9.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for adult social care, said: “As more people are moving on to Personal Budgets and spending them on things more tailored to their individual needs, we need to urgently review how we deliver our own directly provided services, as they are becoming less cost-efficient. This needs to happen in a market where service users are the discerning customer, not a block-purchasing local authority.

“I can assure everyone that all views will be thoroughly considered and nothing will be done until we are clear that alternatives are in place.

“Our current model of bulk-buying services means we’re effectively double-funding some and paying for some that people don’t want or use. We need to spend taxpayers’ money better and more equitably, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

Coun Marsh said staff are likely to lose jobs as a result of the review.