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Budget Strategy and Council Tax Setting - Final Revised Recommendations - 23 February 2011

Budget Strategy and Council Tax Setting - Final Revised Recommendations - 23 February 2011

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03/22/2011

 
FULL COUNCIL – WEDNESDAY 23
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FEBRUARY 2011ITEM 5(b): 2011/12–2014/15 BUDGET STRATEGY AND COUNCIL TAX SETTING
FINAL REVISED RECOMMENDATIONSProposed by Cllr David Pugh, Leader of the Council1.COUNCIL TO NOTE THAT CABINET AGREED:a)The eligibility criteria for access to adult care services be changed from 1 April2011 so that the council will continue to meet fully the needs of all people whohave been assessed as critical while for those people who are assessed ashaving needs defined as substantial it will only meet those areas of need thatplace them at greatest risk of not being able to remain at home and be safe.b)Charging for adult social care services be based on:
Ceasing to provide free homecare for people over the age 80 and require them to befinancially assessed for a contribution in the same way as people aged under 80;
Removing the upper limit for charges;
Charging all people on the same basis regardless of their specific disability;
Charging all people against the value of their “personal budget” or the true cost of theservices that they are receiving if they are not yet on a personal budget and that thesechanges should be introduced with effect from 1 April 2011.c)The direct provision of care services at Westminster House be reviewed andthe Director for Community Wellbeing and Social Care explores thesuggestions of the Westminster House staff team to reduce unit costs andincrease income while at the same time putting in place a market testingprogramme that will explore both the feasibility of transferring the facility to asocial enterprise model and of transferring it to a private or voluntary sector provider.d)In addition the Director for Community Wellbeing and Social Care will exploreopportunities to reduce costs and generate more income at the Gouldings andthe Adelaide to achieve the anticipated savings of £200,000 in 2011/12 andprovide a report to Cabinet in July 2011 on progress being made. This willinclude consideration being given to ceasing being a direct provider of services..COUNCIL IS RECOMMENDED TO AGREE:(a)The Medium-Term Financial Plan as set out in Appendix 1;(b)The schedule of savings set out in the revised Appendix 5;(c)An increase in the Isle of Wight Council budget requirement by 2.5% andconsequent actual council tax level as for 2010/11 after applying the counciltax freeze grant;(d)The overall capital programme set out in Appendix 8.3.COUNCIL IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED TO AGREE:

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