Social Care is funded from taxpayers, via allocations from Central Government and also from contributions to services from some individuals. As such local authorities have a responsibility to ensure that all income is utilised to deliver services which are both cost effective and efficient. Darlington Borough Council does this by ensuring that services are regularly monitored and reviewed and are able to clearly demonstrate Value for Money (VFM).
Demand from both an increasing ageing population and individuals with complex needs places significant challenges on the Council to meet this demand from within existing resources. This will only be achieved by demand management, strengths-based assessments, and service redesign.
This section provides further detail on how Darlington has spent its adult social care budget over recent years. The expenditure data can be broken down using filters by Age Groups, Service types and Primary Support Reasons.
The Council’s Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) is based on a financial forecast over a rolling five-year timeframe from 2020/21 to 2024/25 which will help ensure resources are aligned to
the outcomes in the council’s strategic approach “Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives”. The MTFS sets the financial context for the Council’s resource allocation process and budget setting.
The Council is operating within a context of unprecedented pressure on local authority budgets. Medium term financial planning is taking place against the background of significant funding cuts for local government alongside government plans for major local government finance reforms. This environment will challenge the ability of the Council to respond to the needs of Gateshead residents and the wider community.
There are acute problems nationally in funding the increasing demands of both adults and children’s social care. Adult social care is a vital public service that promotes wellbeing and independence and helps support some of our most vulnerable people. There also continues to be a growing strain on children’s social care budgets. Early intervention can help limit the need for children to enter the social care system, lay the groundwork for improved performance at school and even help to ease future pressure on adult social care by reducing the pressure on services for vulnerable adults. Councils are struggling to invest in this vital early help and support, as a result of the severe funding reductions. Nationally the care and support system remains under enormous pressure.
There remains a substantial funding gap facing children’s and adult social care in 2022/23 both nationally and locally. There continues to be huge funding pressures facing local authorities to continue to protect the vital services which care for older and disabled people, protect children and support families. Long term planning for these vital services is undermined through a lack of information on the levels of future funding available.
The challenging local context of austerity and increasing demand on council services has compelled the Council to refocus on what matters most. In March 2018 the council launched its new strategic approach Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives, developed with the council’s purpose and beliefs in mind, along with what matters most to the people of Gateshead.
Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives is aligned to the timeframe of the council’s Medium- Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and is predicated on the following council pledges:
- Put people and families at the heart of everything that we do
- Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
- Support our communities to support themselves and each other
- Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the borough
- Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead
Central Government’s continued commitment to reduce the overall levels of public debt would indicate significant reductions in grant funding are likely to continue over the medium term.
Adult Social Care is funded through council budgets that are reviewed regularly to focus on priority spend areas, with those priorities based on the commissioning intentions highlighted earlier.
Budgets continue to be a challenge, however, the council continues to prioritise services for vulnerable people.
We would encourage providers coming into this marker to provide innovative and collaborative solutions to meet our residents needs in imaginative, safe and effective ways.
The council’s medium term financial strategy is provided here. This tool provides an analysis of spend over the previous 5 years, including breakdowns across service types.
Local authorities are funded by the taxpayer, they receive income from services they deliver and have a duty to ensure that any income is spent in the most beneficial way for the local population.
This section provides further detail on how Middlesbrough has spent its social care budget over recent years.
RCBC is Public Funded from taxpayers, via the Government, as such we have a responsibility to ensure that all income is utilised to deliver services effectively and efficiently, by exercising the principles of Value for Money (VFM), on behalf of the public.
The demand from a rising population of older people requires significant improvement in efficiency and service re-design to respond to need within available resources. To be in line with the actual resources which are likely to be available over the next five years the distribution of spend, along with demand, needs to be managed differently.