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Our Cabinet considers support for older and disabled people

Published: 5 July 2019

We're due to consider proposals to transform the way older people and those with disabilities are supported to lead fulfilled lives.

Our Cabinet will consider moves to ensure people who need services are supported to have their needs met more effectively and to promote their independence.

It follows a review of how effectively adult social care and health and disabled children’s services use their resources to improve the lives of Derbyshire residents while offering value-for-money services.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart, said:

“We are committed to improving how we help older and vulnerable people and disabled children by providing services better suited to their needs to improve outcomes for them.

“We all need to ensure that we are doing this in the most effective way, especially as the demand for adult social care and disabled children’s services continues to rise.

“Other councils around the country are doing this and in Derbyshire, we’re already making good progress but there are lots of other ways we could work in a more enterprising way to provide services that are more efficient and effective.”

Like all other councils, we're facing increasing demand for its adult social care and health and disabled children’s services, placing increasing pressure on budgets.

Over the next 5 years, adult social care and health must make savings of £27 million. As a whole, our savings target over the next 5 years is a total of £63.2 million.

Cabinet, which meets on Thursday 11 July 2019, will hear how changes are already underway to support Derbyshire residents to lead independent lives including:

  • changes to eligibility for community alarms and telecare, a 24-hour monitoring system for people in their own homes and the use of new technology to help people stay in their own homes for longer
  • a new Older Person’s Accommodation, Care and Support Strategy has been drawn up to ensure the right sort of accommodation is available to older people in the right place
  • changes to early help support have enabled the council to focus support on those families and young people are who most in need
  • helping people with learning disabilities and autism lead independent, fulfilled lives in their own community by offering support which enables them to achieve their potential and realise ambitions
  • transforming the direct care service to concentrate on offering short-term support to help older people regain their independence while supporting the private voluntary and independent sector to offer longer-term care

The Cabinet report states that the maximum cost of transforming the way adult social care and health and disabled children’s services support is offered to Derbyshire residents will be £7 million over 5 years but the savings that could be realised during this time total £54 million.

Councillor Hart added:

“The potential positive impact of this is huge for the lives of older and disabled people across Derbyshire.

“As an Enterprising Council, it is our ambition to do things ‘with’ local people rather than ‘to’ them. We also have a duty to ensure we are offering value-for-money services which are efficient and effective.

“However, this isn’t about saving money – this is about revolutionising the way we work to ensure that we can provide the 21st-century services that local people want and need.

“We must rise to the challenge by thinking and doing things differently, by not shirking bold decisions or change.”