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Reducing Commissioning and Contracts staff (10)

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Portfolio: Adult Social Care and Housing Portfolio

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There are currently 13.5 fte staff who are responsible for the whole commissioning cycle for adults and children’s services contracts, including housing related support, residential care and domiciliary care.  The team also carry out regular quality assurance inspections of all of the services they commission.  A number of the services commissioned are discretionary and would be expected to end during the implementation of the next MTFP.  In addition, the arrangements for contract monitoring may be streamlined.   Together, these support a review of how this team operates, which may result in fewer posts being required, without impacting on the ability to deliver statutory services.  A revised structure for the new services will be published and consulted upon during the budget process.

£695,000 is spent in total on direct staffing costs of which £86,318 is associated with posts that support commissioning of children’s services.

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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. 

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