Published 15 December 2017
West Dunbartonshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership is set to present a range of options which would save £2.2million across their services in the coming year.
A report outlining proposals to address the difference in what the HSCP receives in funding and the money it needs to deliver current services will go before its Integrated Joint Board on Wednesday, December 20, with a recommendation that the options go out for public consultation.
The savings options detailed in the report include changes to social care and health services.
Among the proposals is an option to increase the cost of blue badges to £20 or three years, helping to meet the £29 cost of supplying the badges and also better reflecting the charges in place within other areas in Scotland.
Another option would see mentoring services currently delivered by the HSCP being provided by a partner organisation saving £130,968 a year. Using an external firm to supply hot meals rather than home carers providing this service will also be considered and could save a further £143,000 this year and £191,000 in subsequent years.
West Dunbartonshire is one of only a handful of areas across the country where the community alarm service is supported by dedicated mobile attendants and a further option is to increase the cost of the alarms by £2.45 per week, which would secure this level of provision and save a further £208,000 a year.
Beth Culshaw, Chief Officer of the HSCP, said: “As an HSCP we are fully committed to providing effective and efficient health and social care services tot eh people of West Dunbartonshire. Similar to partnerships across the country, we are again facing a financial challenge. Each year the process of setting a budget becomes more difficult and there are no easy options. We are keen that residents are fully involved in the consultation and provide their feedback on what is being proposed to inform the budget being set in February.”
The consultation on the social care savings options will launch on the HSCP website on 9 January and remain open until January 31. The results will be presented to the Board when it meets to set the budget in May.