Kent County Council is today (Friday) launching a consultation on its new vision and strategy for Adult Social Care – ‘Your life, your well-being’.
The five-year plan aims to continue the redesign of social care to create an effective, sustainable and person-centred service, which can meet the challenges of the future.
Kent, like local authorities around the country, is facing increasing demand from an ageing population with long-term, complex needs alongside severely reduced national funding which is not keeping up with this rising demand.
Over the past five years, KCC has delivered £433m of savings and the total budget of Adult Social Care continues to rise. These challenges must be met by redesigning how care and support is delivered and passing funding to front line services.
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “’We have worked hard to deliver quality Adult Social Care in very difficult times. We must continue to do more to promote people’s ability to improve their health and well-being, live independently and cope with long-term health conditions.
“This means continuing to redesign the way we deliver services, integrating more closely with our colleagues in Health and the voluntary sector, providing a flexible workforce which can respond to the health and social care needs of the Kent population and promoting and supporting people to live independently in their own home.
“We want to hear what service users, their families, carers, volunteers and providers think about our new strategy for Adult Social Care.
“The views of the public are crucial as we need to know what is important to you. We are continuing to put the person at the centre of everything we do, offering ‘a life not a service’.”
To have your say on the future of Adult Social Care in Kent, visit www.kent.gov.uk/adultsstrategy