Proposed changes to visual and dual sensory support

Closed 29 Jun 2018

Opened 9 Apr 2018

Overview

Adult Social Care (ASC) commissions (buys) services for adults with sight loss or dual sensory impairment (deafblind). The current contract for this support is due to end in March 2019. ASC is reviewing the service before re-procurement, and would like to hear views on the proposed approach for the future.

Why We Are Consulting

The council wants to do as much as it can to prevent people in Leicester from developing social care needs. This means trying to help people stay independent and in good health, both physically and mentally.

The council’s Adult Social Care department funds several prevention services that are provided by the voluntary sector. Many of these services are aimed at people who are not necessarily eligible for statutory social care services, but who could avoid or delay developing needs if provided with the right kind of support. 

However, Adult Social Care now has to make some very difficult decisions about future funding. This is because of the rising cost of providing adult social care, caused by rising needs and the wider financial pressures on the council as a result of large reductions in funding from central government.

We cannot carry on spending at the same levels on these services because we have to find the resources to pay for rising needs and costs of people who have significant needs. We have to fulfil our legal obligations to ensure that those people get the statutory support they need.

As a result, Adult Social Care is undertaking a review of a number of services they purchase from the voluntary sector. This review is intended to focus our spend on those with the highest risk of developing social care needs and achieve the savings that are needed.

One of the services included in the review is visual and dual sensory impairment support services.

What Happens Next

We will provide feedback on the findings here. It is intended that final decisions will be made in August 2018.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children and young people
  • Working-age people
  • Older people
  • All residents
  • Carers
  • Full-time and part-time workers
  • Disabled people
  • Gypsy and Traveller community
  • Local businesses
  • Local schools
  • Local charitable organisations, including faith communities
  • Households within the scheme boundary
  • School governors
  • Apprenticeship Hub Graduation attendees
  • Parents
  • Volunteers
  • Older households (65+)
  • Single people
  • Families with children, including lone parents
  • Couples
  • All households
  • Faith groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Youth clubs
  • Carers' network
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Third sector infrastructure groups
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Advocacy organisation
  • Drug and Alcohol services
  • Health services
  • Early years providers (child minders, nurseries, etc)
  • Police
  • NHS
  • FE colleges
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • All Public and Private Organisations
  • Service providers
  • Partner agencies
  • Directors
  • Heads of service
  • Managers, team leaders and supervisors
  • Professionals
  • All staff
  • ASC staff
  • Early Help staff
  • Children's services
  • Arts and museums staff
  • Children's, Young People and Families staff
  • Education welfare service staff
  • Youth offending service staff
  • Connexions staff
  • Local Authority staff within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Procurement staff
  • Estates and building services staff
  • Neighbourhood services staff
  • Youth service staff
  • Highways staff
  • Service users
  • Care home residents and their next of kin
  • Support providers
  • Floating support providers
  • Landlords

Interests

  • Adult social care and safeguarding
  • Public health
  • Adult social care