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.