Audit Commission: Councils could save £300m for front-line social care through efficient assessment and review


Posted on September 30th, by geoff in CT Extra. No Comments

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.”





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

The NHS and all that jazz

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Last week the National Health Service marked its 70th anniversary. The irony is that, when this all too human institution...

The bland leaving the bland?

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

The headline for an interview which Sir David Behan, the Care Quality Commission’s departing chief executive, gave to The Guardian...

IT comes to CQC

By guest blogger JOHN BURTON

This month, IT is coming to CQC in person. David Behan is leaving, and DB’s replacement is IT, Ian Trenholm...