Adult social care consultation

SERVICE users and staff are to be asked their views on potential changes to the way Lincolnshire County Council provides its adult social care services.

A 90 day consultation will start on September 19 following the controversial national move towards personal budgets.

Coun Graham Marsh, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Supporting People, said: “It’s important that we gather information from people about the type of support they want and need so we can continue to stimulate the market appropriately for them.

“As more people are moving on to personal budgets and spending them on things more tailored to their individual needs, we need to urgently review how we deliver our own directly provided services, as they are becoming less cost-efficient. This needs to happen in a market where service users are the discerning customer, not a block-purchasing local authority.”

The proposals recommend that the authority reviews the future of its own supported living services, day care, 24 hour support and day services for people with learning and physical difficulties and older people.

Almost 7,000 people are on personal budgets in Lincolnshire. 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.