A fair and affordable city for everyone
Social Care – affordable care, meeting needs
Adult Social care accounts for over 30% of the Council’s overall annual budget, with services for children and families accounting for close to a further 20%. The pressure on social care budgets is growing all over the country. This is partly due to an aging population with more of us living longer and needing increasingly complex care and support. It has been made far worse by Government cuts and policies which have led to under-funding, reduction in preventative services and cycles of multiple deprivation.
- Protect the Council’s social care services to meet the support needs of all our residents.
- Develop a clear strategy to meet the need for more affordable care for older people in York – current estimates suggest 750 new residential and care beds will be needed by 2032. We will aim for a wide range of provision including residential and nursing care, supported/assisted living, specialist care, independent living and innovative models such as co-housing.
- Work for more affordable care through cooperation with the independent sector but also through more direct Council provision – too many recent developments have led to care options way beyond the budget of many York residents.
- Consult on supplementary planning guidance in the Local Plan to strengthen strategic planning for sufficient affordable care provision for older people in York.
- Work closely with the NHS and the independent sector to provide high quality care for people in their own homes both after hospital admission and through prevention to reduce the need for hospital admission. This must include sufficient high quality intermediate care and rehabilitation beds and must always prioritise the needs of the individual as against the need to reduce the length of stay in hospital.
- Retain social care services inside the Council wherever possible, in keeping with the recent return of the Independent Living Service into the Council.
- Review our care services for people with physical and learning disabilities in conjunction with service users and advocacy groups, to ensure the Council is meeting needs as effectively as possible, including a review of how individual budgets work.
- Invest in prevention. Look at the options for restoring funding to people with moderate care needs. We have always opposed this cut in our budget amendments.
- Support unpaid carers and protect respite services as much as possible.
- Work with the voluntary and community sector and extend the one to one support for individuals and community development work provided by the Council’s Local Area Coordinators wherever possible.