Don't miss your chance to tell the county council how they should spend the budget

Worcestershire County Council is reminding residents that they still have time to have their say on how they want the budget for prevention and support services allocated because the consultation is running until Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The consultation which opened on Tuesday, November 19, seeks views on proposed changes to prevention, early help and other support services for vulnerable adults and housing support for some young people that are currently funded by the Council. These services are in addition to the Council's legal duties for social care.
Worcestershire County Council, like many other public bodies, faces some challenging decisions as it needs to save £30million in 2014/15 and then about £25million per year until at least 2016/17. The Council needs to do things differently and proposals have been developed to rise to the challenge.
The Directorate of Adult Services and Health has a budget of £143million in 2013/14. All service areas need to make savings and the Directorate of Adult Services and Health needs to save an anticipated £13million next year and an estimated £32million by 2016/17. The Council will continue to invest around £6.5million a year in prevention, early help and other support. Local people can now have a say on how that money is spent.
The Council has had to focus spending in Adult Services and Health on those services where it has a legal duty. Due to the Care Bill which is currently going through parliament more people will be eligible for adult social care services so we need to reform our services to meet the needs of more people with less money.
The proposals are now out for full consultation which runs from 19 November 2013 until 21 January 2014. Local people can provide their views online at and paper copies have been made available in public buildings throughout the County. There will also be events for the public – details will be made available on the above website.
This consultation is part of the Council's Future Lives Programme, the Council's change programme for Adult Services and Health which will ensure the Council complies with its new legal duties under the Care Bill whilst promoting health and independence, allowing greater choice and control for local people and maximising the quality of services.
Cllr Sheila Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "We have already received many comments from the public but would welcome any more so that we can get as wide a representation as possible. I would urge everyone to take part in this important consultation before 21 January and I assure you that all views will be listened to."
The findings of the consultation will be considered by the Cabinet Members for Health and Well-being, Children and Families and Adult Social Care following the consultation closing on 21 January 2014. A decision and announcement is expected in February 2014.
Further information, as well as the opportunity to complete the questionnaire, please go to: Residents can also follow the Twitter feed #futurelives or email views, ideas or suggestions to