Manchester City Council

Views sought on adult social care service proposals

Manchester residents are being asked for their views on the future provision of adult social care services in the city.

The council has to save £109m this year, rising to £170m next - 25% of its whole budget.

All areas of the council must look at making savings, including the city's adult social care services, where for example, a third of the supporting people budget has been cut.

Proposals have now been drawn up to make savings, which are now subject to consultation, and there are 24 local events across Manchester in May and June where staff can explain the proposals, answer questions and help fill in questionnaires.

There are four areas which residents are being asked about - supporting people investment, voluntary and community sector investment, changes to social care and charges for social care.

It is proposed that there are changes in the way the council allocates money to the voluntary sector and supporting people, by assessing the quality and cost of services including increasing the use of Telecare and better use of equipment, as well as changing the way it allocates money.

Manchester is also proposing to bring its charging policy for social care in line with the levels of other councils across the country, for example, by proposing to remove the maximum charge so those who are able to pay more do so.

Residents can take part in this consultation process by reading and completing an on-line questionnaire, or by visiting one of the 24 events held over the next three weeks.

Councillor Glynn Evans, executive member for adults services at Manchester City Council said: "Manchester looks after a large number of vulnerable and elderly people who need support and care, and we remain committed to ensuring that we provide the best possible services, despite the very challenging circumstances.

"These proposals will affect people's lives, so it is vitally important that all carers, residents and people who use our services themselves, tell us what they think and have their say.

"The council has to make significant savings to balance our smaller budget and we have seen a massive reduction in our budgets like supporting people. We believe these proposals are the fairest we could draw up in these very difficult times, but this is an open and genuine consultation process and all views and ideas will be considered."

The consultation events run until 3 June 2011. For details of the proposals and the nearest events please visit:

www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations or phone the Contact Service on 0161 234 5001.
 
The adult social care consultations run until the following dates:
 
Voluntary and community sector consultation on future funding runs until 14 June 2011
Supporting people consultation on future funding runs until 14 June 2011

Proposed changes to social care provision runs until 6 July 2011

Charging for social care consultation runs until 8 August 2011