An additional cost but an opportunity

The draft Care and Support Bill

The draft Care and Support Bill

According to the DH, when the Social Care and Support Bill is passed in 2015, they estimate an extra 50,000 people will present to have an assessment to set up a ‘care account’ which will effectively tally how much they spent post 2015. Added to this we will also have the additional work load on the universal deferred payments scheme.

I understand the DH has allocated a £335M budget, and that a consultation is now open between now and Oct 25th, to the Joint Committee on the draft Bill.

Suffolk is working up our impact assessment on the figures for Suffolk and the impact of the many complex aspects of the bill and there is no doubt that it will present yet another significant impact on Local Government.

To my mind one of the key things is that as people switch on to the need to clock on and we grapple with how to do that, we must not lose the opportunity that this process presents, effectively if people become known to the Local Authority ways need to be found to use this process and permission to start a relationship and use this opportunity to offer advice to help people stay independent and healthy.

In Suffolk this accords with our Supporting people, connecting Communities programme and needs to build on that.

As to the costs apparently Hertfordshire has estimated that they expect an extra 6,000 initial requests in 2016 and they think there will be an additional 2,000 people presenting annually, thereafter requiring an extra 140 staff in the longer term and cost about £5.2M per annum; along with how to staff up the initial surge.

This is clearly something the LGA Community Wellbeing Board will want to lobby on as I suspect the funding will be woefully short if the Herts estimates are anything to go by, hopefully I’ll get appointed to it, all my fingers crossed.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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