Thank you for having your say on Future Lives consultation
Worcestershire County Council would like to thank everyone who has responded to the consultation on how we should spend the budget for prevention and support services allocated. Nearly 3,000 individual responses have been received with some representing up to 50 service users, and there have also been around 100 events held attracting more than 1,500 people.
The consultation ended yesterday (January 21) and officers are now collating the responses into a report which will be considered by Councillor Sheila Blagg, in consultation with two other Cabinet members on February 12.
Delegated powers has been given by the Cabinet in November 2013 to Councillor Sheila Blagg (adult social care) to make the decision in consultation with Cllr Liz Eyre (children and families) and Cllr Marcus Hart (health and well-being). The report to the Cabinet Member will be available on the website five clear days before the decision is made.
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 consultation will inform how the Council recommissions £6.5 million pounds of funding to take us forward with our 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, supporting greater choice and control for local people and improving the quality of services.
Cllr Sheila Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has responded to this consultation and assure everyone that their views will be taken into account as we make a decision on how to spend the Budget going forward."
Cllr Marcus Hart, cabinet member for health and well-being added: "Health and well-being is one of our corporate priorities and through the Future Lives programme we will help and support people to live independent lives for as long as possible. One part of this programme is investing in new information services to help people find the right services at the right time in the right place."
Cllr Liz Eyre, cabinet member for children and families said: "After nearly two months of engagement a great deal of the understanding: the rational, understanding of current arrangements, current contracts, community and individual impacts and benefits, local and individual outcomes, overall and specific risks and potential implications has been achieved. I thank everyone who has fed into this consultation. All their points will inform evidenced based decision making by officers and members in partnership."
For further information about Future Lives go to: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/futurelives. Residents can also follow the Twitter feed #futurelives or email views, ideas or suggestions to email@example.com.