Care Funding Shake-Up Delayed

A shake-up of adult social care is to be further delayed because of a lack of evidence that the voluntary sector is ready to cope. The cost-cutting measures mean those with moderate needs would no longer be eligible for help from Bradford Council – saving the authority £1.7 million a year.

A report to the Council’s social care improvement committee was expected to show voluntary groups were ready to bridge the gap. But the committee raised fears that sufficient capacity had been shown to be developed.

It reinforced its decision in October that raising the threshold should be delayed until it can be shown the voluntary sector is ready.

Councillors also asked the executive to identify £100,000 to develop an information base and access point for preventative services. They also want more work to be done to establish specific help to support older carers.

A further report is expected at the committee’s meeting in April.