Rutland County Council has increased its Council Tax by 3.99% in each of the last two years.
Included within this increase is a 2% charge to help fund adult social care services in the county - services that look after people with needs arising from old age, poor health, disability or hardship.
All Councils were allowed to increase Council Tax by up to 3% to fund adult social care in 2017/18 .
Councils also received additional funding for adult social care in the Spring Budget 2017. Rutland has increased the adult social care part of its Council Tax bill by 2%, generating funding of £447k. We also received £203k in extra government funding for social care.
We will be using all of this funding for adult social care and the Council’s Chief Finance Officer and Director of People have written to the government to confirm this is the case. This return can be seen here.
How we spend this money
Our adult social care services provide support to people who have a disability, long-term illness or are otherwise vulnerable.
Rutland's adult social care budget for the year 2017/18 is £11.247m and will be spent in four key 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%)
In setting the adult social care budget, we consider a range of factors including:
- Existing caseload/current demand – this is known
- Anticipated caseload/future demand – how many new people we may need to support – not known but 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
In 2017/18, the increased adult social care budget will support cost pressures and further integration of health and social care services, including:
- A 1% pay award and 1% increase in pension costs
- Anticipated increases in Direct Payments (which are under review) and Home Care costs (which is being recommissioned)
- A small increase in the contingency available to meet changes in costs of existing care packages (should needs become greater)
- Inflationary increases for suppliers of care (the Council reviews this position annually with suppliers)
- Investment set aside to deliver a ‘home first’ model in which more services are delivered at home or in community settings, with a corresponding decrease in the reliance on hospital wards as the setting for care
The 2017/18 adult social care budget does not include costs for unknown demand although it is anticipating a 40% increase in the 80+ population over the next 10 years.
Instead we keep an adult social care reserve (alongside our General Fund) to meet any increases in costs.
Since our budget was approved, we have seen an increase in our caseload for learning disabilities (adults), costing a further £135k above the £11.247m budget.
For more information about how we plan spending and manage our budget, please see the page about our Medium Term Financial Plan.