Proposals on how Nottinghamshire County Council will spend £15.26m of additional Government funding to support adult social care this year have been announced.
The Chancellor’s budget statement on 8 March announced an extra £2bn of funding for local authorities to spend on adult social care, which includes £30m for Nottinghamshire over three years.
The temporary money has to be spent on meeting the social care needs of adults, reducing pressures on the NHS including supporting more people to be discharged from hospital and supporting social care providers.
The proposals for the extra funding for this year include:
- £5.6m to fund the increase in the National Living wage to support providers of social care services in the county, including care home and home care providers
- £3.3m on supporting younger adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and Autism disorders, which includes moving more people with complex needs out of long-stay hospital into the community
- £2.57m on helping to support more people to be discharged from hospital, including:
- £950,000 on the Council’s START service to help get people back on their feet after leaving hospital
- £782,000 on more social workers to help discharge hospital patients.
- £1.2m on services which help prevent vulnerable residents needing a care package and promoting independence
- £478,000 on transport for people to access day services and respite care
- £160,000 to monitor the quality of care provided by care homes, home care services and other care providers.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We very much welcome this extra funding from Central Government, which will help us to meet the rising demand for adult social care services in the county due to people living longer with more complex needs.
“As well as helping to fund the extra support that is required, this funding will also be targeted at projects that help people to remain independent, which in turn helps to delay the need for intensive care packages.”
The plans will be considered at the Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee next Monday (10 July).
The additional £15.26m of Government funding forms part of the Government’s Improved Better Care Fund, which amounts to £16.06m this year for the county.