Adult social care ‘redesigned’ as Dorset County Council bids to save £7million (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Adult social care ‘redesigned’ as Dorset County Council bids to save £7million
DORSET County Council’s leader has issued a strong warning as the authority embarks on a new era of change.
The council has launched its Forward Together programme in a bid to save £48million over the next three years.
A total of around £18million in savings have already been identified in ten overarching projects but the council still has a further £30million to find in order to plug the gap.
At a meeting of the cabinet, council leader Spencer Flower praised the work of officers who had prepared a report identifying the areas already marked for savings but claimed it was ‘not brave enough’.
He challenged the officers to come back with a further report in January with proposed savings to get the council within ten per cent of the £48million target.
Cllr Flower said: “We can’t just embrace the past and take a bit off the edges, we have got to fundamentally change the way we do things.”
He added: “Just to make it clear this is the most radical and reforming change programme this council has ever experienced and is ever likely to experience again.
“Let’s not underestimate the gravity of what we are dealing with.”
Cllr Flower said the radical approach was necessary given the position the authority found itself in following repeated cuts in funding from central government, meaning even more savings had to be achieved on top of those the council had strived to find in recent years.
The new approach will look at how the council can deliver services in a different way, including working with partners and stakeholders and working more efficiently.
Areas already identified for savings include a review of the way adult social care is delivered, which is expected to save £7million, changes to work styles and a review of assets that has been earmarked for a £3.8million saving and a further £1million through a holistic transport review.
Cabinet member for corporate resources Robert Gould backed his leader’s view that the measures proposed were encouraging but more work needed to be done to take the programme further.
He said: “I fully support the thrust of this, it’s very good, but there is a lot more to do.
“We have to be ambitious and we have to accept the challenge we have been given in terms of reduced funding and see it as an opportunity.”
Cabinet member for environment Hilary Cox also stressed the need for all members to support the scheme.
She said: “Everybody who is a member of this authority needs to pull their weight and drive this forward.”
Adult social care to be ‘redesigned’
DORSET County Council is planning to transform the way it delivers adult social care in a bid to save £7million.
The directorate is to carry out a 'radical review' of all its operations with a focus on helping more people live independently.
Cabinet member for adult social care Jill Haynes said services would be redesigned under the banner of 'Pathways of Independence' to meet the challenges of the future.
She told a meeting of the council's cabinet: “Only a radical review of all our functions will help us prepare for the future. The vision is to support people to live independently for as long as possible, to reduce demand for health and adult social care and to promote health and wellbeing.”
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