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Care Homes: final decisions will be made by Cabinet

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

As the 12-week consultation on the future of council-run residential care provision in Hampshire has ended, the Leader of the County Council has confirmed the next steps in the decision-making.

Residents, their families, staff and local communities have all been encouraged to take part in the consultation around improving the quality of care for the county's ageing population.

Council Leader Roy Perry said: "The proposals that were consulted on, followed recommendations from the Director of Adult Services on a way forward to provide quality of care in the 21st century that meets the increasing demands for independence and choice.

"Hampshire spends around £1million per day on adult care, and that includes around 15 per cent of the care home provision in Hampshire. We need to ensure we get the balance right, to ensure that we are providing the right sort of care in the right place and that it is the best it can be, both now and in the future.

"The way we invest in the future of elderly care is without doubt one of the biggest and the most important tasks facing the Council. It was this, and the scope of the issues that have emerged during the consultation, that convinced me that any recommendation associated with the care homes should be considered by the members of Cabinet as a whole. This approach reflects established practice where the decision impacts on more than one Cabinet portfolio."

All of the consultation responses and other information provided during the consultation will now be considered in full over the next few weeks. The Director of Adult Services will then make her recommendations on the future of the four care homes that were subject to consultation and any related service provision matters.

The report of the Director will be presented to the Cabinet at a special meeting on Monday 9 December, at the County Council's headquarters in Winchester. Cabinet meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed live on the County Council's webcast.

Cllr Perry has also announced that Cllr Liz Fairhurst has been appointed Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health. She is currently Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing. This gave an opportunity, he said, to improve integration in line with moves driven by Government for NHS health and social care services to work more closely to address the demographic pressures of an ageing population.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting on 9 December, a pre-scrutiny meeting will be held on Friday 22 November when the Cabinet report will be reviewed by the Safe and Healthy Select Committee to consider the proposals being made to Cabinet. Meetings of Select Committees are also open to the public. Papers relating to the Select Committee meeting will be published on the County Council's website on Thursday 14 November.

If members of the public would like to make a presentation (a 'deputation') at either the Cabinet meeting or the pre-scrutiny meeting, information on how to do this is available on the Council Meetings page, or by contacting Democratic Advice and Member Support on 01962 845751, email: members.services@hants.gov.uk. Any application to make a deputation must be made no less than three clear working days in advance of the meeting.

Please note that under the County Council's Constitution, each deputation, comprising up to four people, is allowed up to 10 minutes, with a maximum amount of time for deputations of one hour in total. Depending on the number of deputations, time for individual deputations is reduced on a proportional basis. Deputations can only appear once within six months at a meeting on the same or similar matter.

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