A report was
considered requesting the Panel to provide feedback to Scrutiny
Board for consolidation and onward response to Cabinet on the Draft
Budget 2017/18, in particular those elements that were relevant to
this Scrutiny Panel.
Older People Assessment
and Care Management – Promoting Independence
what impact an overall reduction would have on the services being
provided. The Cabinet Member for Adults stated that the overall
goal was to promote independence and that a
risk register had been produced to manage concerns relating
to any reductions in service.
that the savings were a result of precious resources being spent on
promoting independence and smarter, better ways of working.
concerns regarding the £13.5 million cuts that were being
proposed across the Council at a time when there was a growing
elderly population and that over half of the proposed cuts appeared
to be coming out of budgets linked to vulnerable groups.
Councillors requested assurance that the correct balance had been
achieved regarding the cuts. The Cabinet Member stated that the
budget linked to Adults did have the highest overspend and that an
additional £2 million had been added to the budget each year
to help maintain the balance and address the demographic growth and
the living wage. The Cabinet member confirmed that checks and
balances were in place along with the risk register.
The Panel requested
that this area of work be kept under review with updates being
provided to the Committee.
Members stated that
it was important not to place undue pressure on officers to reduce
expenditure to a level that was not appropriate for the City and
sacrificed quality and that comparing with other local authorities
was not always the best was to proceed and needed to be approached
with care. Officers agreed that the savings needed to be
that the majority of the savings proposed were as a result of
enabling individuals to self-care and preventative measures that
allowed individuals to remain at home rather than having to enter
residential care. Officers stated that the local hospital had seen
a significant fall in revenue due to more people remaining at home
Members raised some
concerns that it may be the case that an individual was being
encouraged to remain at home for longer when in fact they should be
in residential care and that individuals were not being given an
appropriate amount of time to complete the required paperwork. The
Cabinet member requested that any details of incidents regarding
this be passed to her as there should not be any undue pressure
placed on individuals and quality assurance checks were in place.
It was also stated that the Council was working with the hospitals
regarding discharge policies.
raised that there would be insufficient money to care for the
increasing elderly population and in particular elderly women where
an increase in dementia had been identified. The Panel agreed that
a good relationship needed to be maintained ...
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