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Adult Packages (AH3)

Core Offer

Portfolio: Adult Social Care and Housing Portfolio

This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included. 

Link: AH3 - People Adult Packages

 


 

Keywords: voluntary sector VCS

Related FAQs

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

What will changes to Adult Social Care mean for elderly people – will they get less support and have to pay more for services? What if they can’t afford it?

What will changes to Adult Social Care mean for elderly people – will they get less support and have to pay more for services? What if they can’t afford it?

Adult Social Care will carry out an assessment to find out if an individual has eligible needs. The national eligibility criteria, as defined within the Care Act 2014, sets a minimum level for adult care and support needs which the Local Authority must meet.  If following an assessment, an individual has eligible needs then Adult Social Care will work with them to look at ways of meeting their needs. This may include support from family, friends, the community and, where appropriate, through the provision of services.

Individuals in receipt of support are financially assessed to see what level of contribution they need to make towards the cost of their care - individuals should only be required to pay what they can afford to.

There is a proposed reduction of approximately 4 per cent from current spend. This will be delivered through making people more aware of local support networks, improving independence through specialist support for those recovering from illness or injury, greater use of digital care technology, and more use of extra care accommodation.

There are some services that are currently provided free of charge or at subsidised rates, which the Council may charge for in the future. This would affect those who contribute to the cost of their care. 

Your Say

5 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Core AH3 (Adult Packages)

I don't think telecare should replace visits this will have a negative impact on all service user's health and well being

Core AH3 (Adult Packages)

It's important that any cuts do not impact on quality of life for vulnerable adults.

Core AH3 (Adult Packages)
Cut Hu01 (Childrens Centres, Early Help and intervention - Specialist Family Support)

Having read your proposals, I think that the Council should charge those able to pay for those services currently FOC or subsidized, within the legal requirements, in order to gain more revenue (under Core AH3 proposals). I do believe that some kind of (even minimal) charge could be made for many services, currently FOC. Used by thousands, this could increase revenue quite significantly.
Grass cutting - especially football pitches - why are these to be maintained and not other areas? Footballers and community volunteers could cut the grass they use, so that other areas are cut as at present.
Futures Fund: Needs of families and others with social/other problems, debt, etc., are currently helped by organisations & communities, such as CAB, Age UK, The Bridge, etc., all of whose funding you propose to stop. Until a year or so ago, I worked as a volunteer with the CAB. Help with debt and benefits alone, met the needs of approx. 20,000 people living in the Borough year ended March 2013 (just to give one, small example). If organisations, such as the CAB, cease to exist, then the Council will need to pick up the slack. Many clients were referred in the first place to the Bureau by Council officers and the Job Centre, who weren't prepared to offer the help needed. So the council will be required to spend even more. Even more community organisations should be encouraged and supported, saving the Council money in the long run.
Moving kids centres to the Dolphin Centre - a reasonable project, if it really will save money.
160 Council jobs to be cut? Many of these, I imagine, will comprise lower paid workers offering essential services, such as litter picking, etc. Yet you propose to spend the £2.5 million left over from legally required provision of services on economic growth and job opportunities. It just doesn't make sense! If a private company cut 160 jobs, there would be outrage and the Unions would get into full swing.

Core AH3 (Adult Packages)

Keep things as they are. They are working perfectly well. In fact, it might be worth providing some funding to enable other voluntary organisations, such as "DAD", to provide the same support that "CAB", "Age UK" and such like currently provide. This isn't rocket science. It's just a matter of applying some common sense to the situation. I'm sure that only paying the top staff within our council what they need to be paid, which is £50,000.00 each gross per annum, and ditching all of the cushy allowances and subsidies that they receive will enable the council to still prove the support it currently provides to voluntary organisations, as well as enabling them to support other voluntary organisations who aren't helped at the moment.

Core AH3 (Adult Packages)
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