Response to social care funding announcement in Spring Budget

In response to the Chancellor’s announcement that an extra £2 billion is to be allocated to supporting social care nationally, Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “While we await the detail of how this extra funding for social care will be allocated, we welcome the Government’s recognition of the scale of the problem councils such as Plymouth are facing through this significant and immediate investment.

“We’ve been working with our MPs to press the Government for urgent action on this issue because we have faced very severe problems in funding the rising cost of care for some time. This has been putting incredible pressure on our budgets.

“While we’ve been bold in piloting new ways of joining up services with the NHS and have delivered very significant savings, we desperately need more funding in order to meet the rising demand for care as our population gets older.

“We are hopeful that we will receive an adequate allocation of this funding for our work in continuing to support the elderly and most vulnerable residents in Plymouth.”

 Background: Social care in Plymouth

The population of older people (over 65) in Plymouth is projected to rise from 46,200 in 2015 to 49,500 in 2020. This also means there are more people living with long term conditions such as dementia, so demand for adult social care continues to rise, at a time when there is less money in the system.

In 2014/15 there were 10,028 referrals to our adult social care service and this increased to 14,673 referrals in 2015/16.

Costs are also increasing as we are dealing with ever more complex cases and the average annual cost of a social care package is currently £18,210 and for a long term residential care package £34,419.

In 2017/18 we have identified additional social care costs of £4.4 million.

Over the past year, we have:

  • Provided long term social care packages to 4,700 adults in Plymouth
  • Paid for 1,251 people to be cared for in residential and nursing homes
  • Supported 3,443 people with a community based package of care
  • Provided more than 610,000 hours of domiciliary care to people living in their own homes
  • Paid for more than 46,000 pieces of equipment to help more than 17,000 people stay in their own homes
  • Supported around 800 people through direct payment

Integration: We have a very proactive approach to health and social care in the city and two years ago we integrated our frontline adult social care services and community health services. We have also pooled our commissioning budget with Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG), totalling £483 million, to purchase a range of schemes from residential care, individual packages of care, supported living, extra care housing and domiciliary care.