Proposals - improve quality of life

Priorities and proposals

The Council spends about 62% of the budget on this area.

Our priorities are to

  • ensure schools deliver a first class education service
  • make sure people are well cared for
  • give people informed choices about the care and support they need and who provides it
  • develop personalised, joined up and preventative services
  • continue to invest in prevention and redesign services to reduce costs, not quality
  • support vulnerable children and their families.

The approved savings for 2016-2020 include

  • greater use of telecare and remodel Social Care Direct
  • improved management of Health and Social Care service user demand
  • increased charges for residential accommodation and telecare to those who can afford it
  • reducing third party payments for Community Learning and Development services
  • having one set of care and support/care at home pricing levels
  • reducing spending on blocks of health and social care contract services by 10%
  • reviewing funding for sheltered housing/temporary accommodation services provided by other organisations
  • renegotiating fees for foster placements for young people aged 18+
  • stopping adoption allowances for young people aged 18+
  • targeting support at families where children are most at risk of needing to become looked after or no longer supported in mainstream schools
  • improving efficiency and co-ordination of advocacy services by working with one provider
  • ensuring more schools are fully occupied, maximising investment in frontline education
  • sharing the costs of recruitment of foster carers and potential adopters with other local authorities
  • increasing outreach services to work with children within their home and in their community
  • bringing together parenting support teams currently located in different parts of the Council
  • modernising the library service, co-locating within community centres to provide a greater range of services in one place
  • refocusing homeless prevention activity
  • creating a new local authority trading company or co-operative for a range of care services

The following savings proposals have not been taken forward

  • the withdrawal of the night noise team
  • a reduction in community centre staff 
  • the redesign of day services for adults with learning disabilities
  • a reduction in the size of the in-house home care service
  • a reduction in funding to Police Scotland. 
The proposals for reviewing family and pupil support services and support staff in special schools were amended, ensuring maintenance of both staff numbers and service delivery. The Council also agreed to carry out further consultation about providing music tuition in schools.

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