Audit Commission: Councils could save £300m for front-line social care through efficient assessment and review
Councils in England could re-invest between £182 and £312 million in front-line care services through efficiency savings in their assessment and review processes for people who need social care services, according to the Audit Commission.
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has welcomed the Audit Commission’s report, saying councils need to protect the severely limited funding for adult social care by reducing unnecessary back-office costs, particularly when councils spend up to 17% of their available care funds on these activities.
UKHCA’s Policy Director, Colin Angel, said: “All councils should be cutting out inefficient processes and providing high-quality information that helps people meet their care needs.”
“The assessment of care needs is a skilled and complex activity, and the Association is therefore cautious over the Commission’s recommendation to use more staff without professional qualifications to save costs.
“We hear too many accounts from care providers unable to gain prompt and effective action from councils when people’s care needs change. People who use care services need experienced practitioners empowered to make decisions, rather than overly-bureaucratic processes that add cost, but not value.”