Hampshire County Council poised to make big cuts to adult social care

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SWEEPING changes to adult social care moved a step closer as a council looks to save £43.1m.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, a Leigh Park councillor and also in charge of adult services at Hampshire County Council, agreed to approve the proposals for further consideration at a meeting yesterday.

Because of reductions in government funding, the authority needs to cut the adult services’ budget by around 15 per cent.

More than £6m of savings will come from voluntary redundancies – with the authority shedding 163 full-time equivalent staff.

A report states: ‘The changes in the operating model and embedding the revised care offer will require a change in behaviours relatively quickly and a significant ongoing change in organisational culture. This needs to occur in tandem with nearly 200 people leaving the department.’

Among a raft of changes, include reduced transport services on offer to service-users.

A final decision will be made next month.