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Review of Statutory Minimum Service Costs (02)


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The implementation of a revised operating model will result in an alternative offer of support which will see a shift from a reliance on the traditional methods of care and support provision. For those individuals who have been supported in this way for a long time we will need to manage this transition in a sensitive manner with a focus on promoting independence. The model will assist with preventing and delaying needs for adults in accordance with its duties under the Care Act 2014.

Work completed as part of the assessment and review process will focus on the replacement of face to face support with alternatives including information, advice and sign posting, universal services and community support, increased use of adaptations, equipment and technology to promote independence and assist in the management of significant risk to an individual’s well-being.

Development of stronger partnerships with all organisations including the voluntary and community sector to ensure targeted support is delivered to assist in the delay and prevention of eligible needs. Successful implementation of this would include a reduction in the number of individuals requiring face to face support including the provision of domiciliary care, day opportunities provision and residential/nursing care placements. Greater use of the Lifeline Service, existing housing stock including sheltered accommodation, extra care facilities and purpose built units will support individuals to remain within the community for a longer period of time without the need to access additional paid services.

Services will be available for individuals at risk of deterioration, to maximise their independence and to reduce their dependency on formal care services. Where an individual is at risk of developing longer term care needs, the default offer prior to the need being fully determined will be a period of reablement assessment and provision, this intervention will be time limited and progress monitored against agreed outcomes. This will assist in reducing admissions to hospital, minimising the risk of a deterioration in the individual’s abilities, skills and reducing the likelihood of them developing longer term needs.

Increased use of health and social care personal budgets, should direct individuals away from traditional models of support, offering more choice and control enabling individuals to meet their need in a cost effective manner.


02 Review of Statutory Minimum Service Costs

This proposal will be discussed at the Adults and housing scrutiny committee [PDF document] on 22 March 2016.

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. 

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Cut C02 (Review of Statutory Minimum Service Costs)

Hi I have worked in supported living from when the start. And over the years I have found it very sad and frustrating that the people I support have had hours cut but the council still pay the ridiculous amount s of houesing benefits to the landlord example of this 3 adults with learning disabilities live in a house they all rent a room and kitchen living room bathroom are shared thier houesing benifit each is 197.00 a week that is£590.00 a week £2360.00 a month meaning the landlord is reciving £28,362 a year this is due to the service charge and Darlington council pay the full amount in housing benefits. And that's just one service and I gess if you counted all the other supported living services in Darlington you could yes that or some of this to cover the bill for the support they need and then they don't revive more support hours cut because even if thier was only 10 supported living service the cost would be £283;683 in housing benefits I think you should look at this as I believe the money would be more beneficial to the adults with learning disabilities to receive support they need and not a nice new sofa they might get off thier landlord every 3 years don't you think ??