We increased Council Tax by 4.99% for 2022/23 - this included a 3% charge in this increase to help fund adult social care services in the county.
All councils are able to levy an additional 1% adult social care precept for 2022/23 - this is in addition to councils being allowed to increase Council Tax by up to 3% to fund adult social care in 2021/22 and 2022/23. For example, councils can use 1% of that flexibility in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23 or any other combination, as long as the two do not add up to more than 3% .
We increased the adult social care part of Council Tax bills by 3%, generating funding of £891k. We also received £1.061m in extra government funding for social care.
How we spend this money
Our adult social care services provide support to people who have needs arising from:
- old age
- poor health
Rutland's adult social care budget for the year 2022/23 is £13.827m and will be spent in four areas:
- Prevention services and associated advice (5%)
- Assessment of those who ask for support (10%)
- Provision (directly and indirectly) of care and support, including aids and other equipment (60%)
- Delivery, including staff costs and support services (25%)
We consider a range of factors when setting the adult social care budget, including:
- existing caseload and current demand – this is known
- how many new people we may need to support – this is estimated
- cost of care packages, including anticipated increases
- innovation and efficiency – we will look at how current budgets might be used in a different way to achieve better results
The increased 2022/23 adult social care budget will support cost pressures and further integration of health and social care services, including:
- 1% increase in pension costs
- anticipated increases in Direct Payments and residential nursing care
- inflationary increases for suppliers of care (we review this position annually with suppliers)
The 2022/23 adult social care budget does not include costs for unknown demand, although it is anticipating a 40% increase in the 80+ population over the 10 years from 2017/18.
Instead we keep an adult social care reserve (alongside our General Fund) to meet any increases in costs.