Stark warn­ing over so­cial care

Coun­cil could be forced to cut ser­vices

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Ni­cola Findlay

The level of so­cial care ser­vices in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang could be slashed if costs con­tin­ues to spi­ral – ac­cord­ing to coun­cil of­fi­cers.

A rev­enue bud­get mon­i­tor­ing re­port, which went be­fore coun­cil­lors at the first meet­ing of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, stated there had been an £154,000 over­spend in so­cial work re­sources be­tween April 1 and May 26 of this year.

And a coun­cil of­fi­cer warned that an un­ex­pected spike in costs as­so­ci­ated with place­ments for care homes, home care de­mands, and con­tin­u­ing pres­sures for chil­dren’s place­ments in res­i­den­tial schools could see ser­vices hav­ing to be cut if costs con­tinue to rise above bud­get.

The of­fi­cer told coun­cil­lors: “De­mand for these ser­vices spiked big time in the first two months of the year.

“And if this con­tin­ues through­out the year we will have se­ri­ous bud­get prob­lems.

“If so we will need to look at how we de­liver our ser­vices most ef­fec­tively.

“We may have to look at stop­ping some ser­vices, chang­ing our cri­te­ria on what level of ser­vices we pro­vide or do­ing less for more peo­ple.”

Labour Cly­des­dale West coun­cil­lor, Eileen Lo­gan, said with South La­nark­shire’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion pres­sure on so­cial care bud­gets were only go­ing to rise.

She said: “We are a na­tion of baby boomers who are grow­ing older and have more peo­ple with ad­di­tional needs.

“There is al­ways pres­sure on so­cial care bud­gets and that’s not go­ing to go away any time soon.

“I would ask if we are con­sis­tently look­ing to the Scot­tish Govern­ment and what help there is there, es­pe­cially if de­mand con­tin­ues to rise.”

Of­fi­cers said they are look­ing at whether the in­crease in de­mand for so­cial care will con­tinue and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be brought back to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on the ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial pres­sures it could face.

De­mand for ser­vices spiked big time in first two months of the year

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