Over £1.2 million of additional funding has tonight been made available to help relieve pressure on York’s adult social care services.
The Executive have agreed to maintain and release £800,000 recurring budget set aside by the Liberal Democrats in the 2018/19 budget, as well as a non-recurring sum of £457,000 in adult social care support.
To date, York has made huge improvements in reducing its delayed transfers of care, as a result of investment that has been already made. Furthermore, many services have been working closely with partners to support people in care and secure their independence to remain at home, avoiding needless admissions to hospital.
In the past year, a number of successful initiatives have made a positive impact on people’s lives For example, the YorWellbeing falls prevention service, which has had a significant impact in reducing injuries and hospital admissions. Tonight’s approval could see this service expanded.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:
“There is no doubt; the Winter crisis has heaped an overwhelming amount of pressure on the York Teaching Hospital and our adult care services.”
“In response, the Liberal Democrats sought to make significant investment in our adult social care services via the Council’s 2018/19 budget and I am very pleased that the report discussed at Executive tonight demonstrates the positive impact of our investment in those services.”
“Tonight, we have reaffirmed our commitment to support and protect vulnerable residents, particularly in helping them live more independently. This investment will allow us to extend our already successful schemes and allow us to continue in tackling system pressures within health and social care.”