Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Council want your views on care savings in Thurrock

ADULT Social Care in Thurrock is having to change and the council is launching a consultation on its proposals to make savings in its budget in the next financial year.

And as from Monday (14 September) the views of local people and service users is being sought about the latest plans.

The proposals centre around four areas: day care for older people and the Carers’ Service; charges for adult social care services; equipment and adaptations costing less than £50; and provision of Extra Care Housing.

Cllr Barbara Rice, the council’s portfolio holder for adult social care and health said: "This is not something we want to do – given a choice we would prefer to invest more in the care of our most vulnerable people.

"But we haven’t got a choice. The amount of money the government has passed on to Thurrock has fallen year on year since 2010 and the amount of money available for adult care in Thurrock has also fallen year on year since 2010.

"Government’s overall grant was cut by a quarter last year and is expected to fall by a third next year. That will be £20 million in two years.

"That has to hit services and this consultation is the result."

She added: "I would urge as many people as possible to look at the proposals and to comment on them. Remember we don’t have a choice, but we must make savings, so if you can think of a better way please let us know."

Cllr Rice said that at the same time as funding was falling, demand was increasing mainly because "our population is ageing, and there has been a significant increase in the number of people living with long-term conditions like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure".

She said: "We all need to decide how best to use the available resources to ensure people are able to enjoy independent, rewarding and healthy lives in their local community – a community that is welcoming, inclusive, supportive, safe and secure."

The consultation is available through the council’s website (Thurrock.gov.uk) and clicking on Have my say where more details are also available.

The council will also be holding a series of meetings throughout the next 12 weeks to let people know the impact the proposals may have, and the Thurrock Disability Network will also contact service users and carers to enable them to discuss the changes with someone independent of the council.


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