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ADULT services across Hampshire are to be modernised to meet a proposed 12 per cent cut in the budget.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult services – which costs £1m a day – at Hampshire County Council, said it will mean working closely with the council’s health department and an increased focus on early intervention and enabling people to live as independently as possible and to stay as mobile as they can.

People will have their care reviewed more regularly under the proposals, which will be discussed next month.

She said: ‘One of our biggest challenges is in meeting the increasing demand for social care from Hampshire’s ageing population, which is growing by about 1,000 each year.

‘This, combined with the more complex care required by older residents and adults with learning disabilities, is putting significant pressure on the adult services’ budget, adding £10m a year to the cost of care.

‘Greater integration with health will be crucial for the financial stability of adult social care and the maintenance of key services related to hospital discharge.’

The adult service budget decision is on February 20.