Consultation

TAMESIDE COUNCIL ADULT SERVICES BUDGET CONSULTATION

Introduction

Tameside Council is facing unprecedented reductions in its current budget due to ongoing Government cuts to local authorities. Since 2010 the Council has had £104million less to spend on its services. Over the next 5 years we know the Government will continue to make further cuts to our funding. We expect that will mean another £90 million less to spend on services. That’s nearly £200 million over the 10 year period.

By the end of March 2017 Adult Services will have reduced its budget by just over 50%. Over the next 18 months a further reduction of £19.7 million pounds has got to be made from the services which Adult Services currently provides. The level of reduction needed inevitably means that many services that the Council has provided in the past will either have to stop or be provided in different ways.

Before any final decisions are made about how services will change we want to hear your views and ideas about how we can do this, in light of the fact there will be much less money to provide them with.

We are currently asking for your views on the following areas within Adults Services:

  • Homecare Tameside Council currently provides over 10,000 hours per week of homecare to around 1000 people across the borough. Homecare is provided to people who live in their own homes and who need some help and support with daily living tasks such as getting dressed, support with cooking a meal or with going to the toilet. Homecare support workers help people at various times during the day from early in the morning where they can help people get out of bed and have breakfast, during lunchtime and early evening mealtimes to later on at night when they can help people back to bed.

    A reduction in the Homecare Service budget will mean there is less to spend on support workers who help and support people with their daily tasks. It could mean that fewer people will be able to have a homecare service or people will receive less support to help with daily living tasks.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Homecare services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Residential and Nursing Care Residential and nursing care is provided by the Council to those people with ill health or disabilities that mean they can no longer remain in their own home. Help and support is available 24 hours a day in a variety of care homes across Tameside and appropriate levels of care is provided by trained and qualified staff who are responsible for meeting both physical and emotional welfare needs. The council currently financially supports over 800 people in residential and nursing care homes in Tameside.

    A reduction in the residential and nursing care budget will mean there is less money to spend on this area of care and support. It could mean that there are fewer places available for people.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Residential & Nursing Care services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Day Care Day time support is currently provided by the Council to nearly 500 people in a variety of different settings and for various lengths of time. For people with learning disabilities there are a number of day centres offering a wide choice of activities as well as a number of other organisations that offer other opportunities for people to engage in arts, sports, leisure, education and employment training. For older people and those with dementia there are a similar variety of day centres offering a mixture of leisure and educational activities. People can attend day centres one day a week or may attend five days a week. Day care offers the opportunity for people to get out of their homes and try different things in different environments; it also offers carers the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

    A reduction in the day care budget will mean there is less money to spend on support workers and activities during the day. There could be fewer places in day centres and services may only be available for fewer days in the week.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Day care services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Respite Care The Council currently provides respite care for over 250 people in different settings across the borough. Respite care offers help and support to people who usually live in their own home receiving care from their families whether that be parents or sons, daughters and others. The time in respite care offers a break for all concerned and often allows carers the opportunity to go on holiday or simply have some time away from their caring responsibilities. Care is provided in a variety of different settings including specialist respite care centres, residential and nursing care homes and with trained approved carers.

    A reduction in the budget for respite care services will mean there is less money to spend on amount of respite care that is available to use. It could mean that people will get less respite care or it may be offered in a different place.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Respite care services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Community Equipment The provision of community equipment supports children and adults who require assistance to perform essential activities of daily living. Using different types of equipment can help to prevent a person going into hospital or into long-term care and it can certainly help people to manage their condition or disability and maintain their independence within the community. Community equipment provision includes such items as adjustable beds and pressure care mattresses, hoists, commodes etc. Last year (2014/2015) there were over 29,000 pieces of community equipment provided to enable people to remain in their own homes.

    A reduction in the community equipment budget will mean that fewer pieces of equipment will be provided. It could mean that some pieces of equipment may no longer be available or it may mean that fewer people will be able to receive community equipment.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Community Equipment services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Transport The Council continues to provide transport services particularly for people attending day care services. This is only provided to those people who need to access specialised transport or who are unable to use public transport and have no other means or support to travel to their day care place.

    A reduction in the transport budget will mean there is less money available to provide the transport that the Council currently does. It could mean there are fewer places on the transport for day care and it may mean that fewer people will be able to access the transport.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Transport services (particularly for people attending day care) in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Sensory Services Sensory services provide the assessment and support of people who have sensory disabilities. This will include individuals who have visual and hearing impairment and individuals who are both deaf and blind. The assessment process includes the provision of specialist assessment of need and the development of a support plan to meet identified need. This includes care coordination in complex cases. From a support perspective staff will support individuals to attend medical appointments, attend support groups and provide equipment that assists individuals to maintain independence in the community. The service is currently working with over 200 people.

    A reduction in the sensory services budget will mean there will be fewer support staff to offer help and support for people. It could mean that fewer people will receive help and support from the service.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of Sensory Services in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Opt – In Mental Health Service Opt-In is a mental health service that provides support to individuals and their carers to maintain mental wellbeing and reduce mental ill health. The service offers a wide range of support including the facilitation of support groups and activities and training to help people access employment and further education opportunities. This service is fundamentally an early intervention and prevention service with a strong focus on reducing demand on primary and secondary health services by assisting individuals, families and carers to stay well. Approximately 100 people access the service on a regular basis.

    A reduction in the budget for the Opt-In service will mean that there is less money to spend on the services it currently provides. It could mean that fewer people will be able to use the service or it may mean that the service is provided in a different way.

    We are inviting your comments on the future of the Opt-In Mental Health Service in Tameside.

    If you want to take part please make your comments here. The deadline for responses to this consultation is Friday 27 November 2015. 

How to give your views

There are a number of ways to give us your views as follows:

You can take part in our Big Conversation using each of the web links above.

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the surveys you can request one via the contact details below and return it to us at Tameside MBC, Adult Services Budget Consultation, Adults Services, Hyde Town Hall, Market Street, Hyde, Tameside, SK14 1AL.

You can also request a copy of the surveys in different languages or in large print.

You can contact us by:

Telephone: 0161 342 3363

Post: Tameside MBC
Adults Services
Hyde Town Hall
Market Street
Hyde
Tameside
SK14 1AL

Email: AACCT@tameside.gov.uk

How decisions will be made

When the consultation ends on 27 November 2015 all responses received will be collated, anonymised and analysed. This feedback will be considered in shaping the redesign of future services.

Further reports will then be presented to Councillors about the various ideas and options that need to be considered. This will happen in December 2015.