A local council is calling for a fairer deal on funding for adult social care services from Government.
The call comes from Cambridgeshire County Council ahead of further consultation on a national funding formula this month.
Over the next five years, the number of older residents living in shire counties, such as Cambridgeshire, is set to rise at an annual average of 2 per cent, compared to the national average of 1.8 per cent, placing potentially further strain on adult social care services.
Shire Counties have also been subject to the largest reductions in estimated cash funding of any local authority type of over 20 per cent between 2013-16, despite having the fastest growing elderly population. In total, Shire Counties received £1.98 billion less funding in 2015-16 compared to other types of local authorities.
To deal with budgetry pressures, Cambridgeshire County Council is very focused on innovation and transformation in adult services and making sure the people of Cambridgeshire get the best possible value from every pound spent.
The Council has over the last two years found a number of ways in which we can help deliver services earlier at a lower cost and so reduce reliance on statutory support through better use of technology, adaptations and equipment in the home and by providing early help.
However, a fair deal for Cambridgeshire could provide more services to support older people, adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs live safely in their own homes and in their local communities. Also additional placements in care and nursing settings when this is needed.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Leader of the Council, said: “One of our top priorities is to ensure that we can improve outcomes and safe guard the health and wellbeing of vulnerable adults and their carers that need our adult social care services. We have been successfully transforming our adult social care services over the last two years, but we need Government to recognise there is a substantial funding shortfall and that these services, both locally and across the country, are under strain. Government needs to give Cambridgeshire a fair deal so we can use this extra funding to give those adults requiring our social care services the support and help they need.
“We are working with other County Councils across the UK to ask our MPs to take a message to the government to make changes to their Funding Formula plans so we can receive a fair deal.“