Adult care spending has to focus on essentials
SPENDING on adult care in Derby is being focused on the essential services Derby City Council has to offer, in the wake of funding cuts.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, cabinet member for adults and health, said he was having to take a shorter term view than he would like because of budget constraints.
Currently, about 80% of the money spent on adult care is on statutory services – ones the council is obliged to provide.
It means a disproportionate amount of cuts – nearly 60% – are earmarked for discretionary areas.
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Mr Hussain said if the council was not having to make £62 million of savings during the next three years to balance the budget, he would want to spend more to avoid storing up problems.
He said: "With the financial situation we have got, we are not in a position to cover the longer-term risks and I would want to cover all those if I could.
"I know this budget will help us jump the hurdles we face for the next two or three years but if the fears begin to become true we will have a higher volume needing our support and we won't have the option of kicking the can down the road."