The English Community Care Association (ECCA), condemned the lack of imagination that was evident in the Audit Commission report, Improving value for money in adult social care.
In Summary the report says
'Improving value for money in adult social care' is the first in a series of briefings that will look at value for money in health and social care.
This briefing finds that, as demographic change and financial pressures combine to create tough times for adult social care, councils have looked at many aspects of the service in order to provide better, more efficient services.
Better procurement, improved back office arrangements, and a preference for community-based rather than residential care where possible, are just some of the changes that local authorities have implemented to help them meet the challenges they face.
But the briefing also finds that the pace and scale of change need to increase if councils want to release material savings, as well as improve care for people.Martin Green reaction is :
“We would like to see the Commission coming up with radical solutions. For example, some of the biggest savings that could be made would be to dismantle the duplicate monitoring in local authorities, transfer money directly to service users and their families, and completely take away the entire commissioning infrastructure which is not compatible with true personalisation and keeps enormous amounts of money locked in staff salaries, pension schemes and office blocks that could be directly helping the most vulnerable members of society.”