Have your say on adult social care

VIEWS are being sought on potential changes being made to how the Lincolnshire County Council provides its adult social care services.

Under review is the future of the council’s own supported living services, day care, 24-hour support and day services for people with learning and physical difficulties, and older people.

Also included in the review proposals are consultations for the future of short break facilities Swallow Lodge near Lincoln and Cedar House, Spalding.

The executive unanimously agreed on September 6 to launch the 90-day consultation on September 19, in light of the national move towards personal budgets accelerating in the county.

Tony McArdle, chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “As people move on to personal budgets, our current model of bulk-buying services means we’re effectively double-funding some and paying for some that people don’t want or use. We need to spend taxpayers’ money better and more equitably, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“Now the executive has decided to proceed with the proposal to consult, we offer the assurance that all views will be thoroughly considered and nothing will be done until we are clear that alternatives are in place.

“Whilst we currently have no firm proposals, it would be dishonest not to accept that the nature of change may be considerable and have a change on a number of staff’s employment status.”

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for adult social care and supporting people, said: “We’ve agreed today to consult with service users and staff on how the county council’s directly provided social care services are delivered in the future.

“We’re keen to hear their views and nothing is off the table.”

The Government wants the rest of Lincolnshire’s 23,000 service users to take control of their care money from the local authority by April 2013.