FOI Request - Adult and Children Social Care Services

Request 101000357761

1)  In adult social care services, where an adult is assessed as meeting the eligibility criteria for Local Authority funded support under Self Directed Support, does the Council operate a maximum budget that they would be willing to fund?

2)  If the Council does operate a maximum budget in any way, can you state what that maximum budget is per week / per month and per year?

3)  Can you state the reasons for putting in place the maximum budget as mentioned?

4)  In children and families services, where a child and their family is assessed as meeting the eligibility criteria for Local Authority funded support under Self Directed Support, does the Council operate a maximum budget that they would be willing to fund?

5)  If the Council does operate a maximum budget, can you state what that maximum budget is per week / per month and per year?

6)  Can you state the reasons for putting in place the maximum budget as mentioned?

Response 16-07-2015

1)  At present, the supported self-assessment gives an allocated budget which does have a maximum limit, however, as the budget is merely an indicative budget, any support packages which come over their indicative budget would be looked at on a case by case basis.  As a local authority we still have a duty of care and are mindful that the support needs of some individuals may be more than their allocated budget.

2)  Please see response above, we do not have a cap at this moment in time as to the maximum budget.  The maximum indicative budget that the RAS would allocated is £504 per week, but this does not mean that if a support package required a higher level of funding than this that we would not consider it.

3)  Please see responses above relating to the fact that we do not have a capped budget for providing support and those over their allocated indicative budget would be looked at on a case by case basis.

4)  We have a framework in place that supports a maximum budget capped at £15,477. However, in isolation this depends on the assessment of strengths/needs and outcomes to be met. In certain cases where an assessment indicates greater need, additional funding can be accessed from within other areas of the social care budget.

5)  The maximum budget set out within the framework is £15,477 which translates to a monthly budget of £1289.75 and a weekly budget of £297.63

6)  The Moray Council has worked hard to establish a budgetary framework that would support families eligible to SDS in a consistent and transparent way, whilst recognising the changing and challenging economic climate we are in. This framework was developed in line with national developments around SDS and was chosen in place of an equivalency model which other Local Authorities may have chosen. In part this decision was supported to ensure we did not lean towards a post code allocation of funds and to develop confidence in funds being allocated in a consistent and equitable way.  The framework is supported by a robust process of professional assessment, family assessment and the child's views and outcomes to be met, overseen by a Moray-wide resource allocation group. It is fair to say that this budget allocation framework will be subject to ongoing scrutiny in terms of how best it supports families and how sustainable it is in a changing climate. Consequently there will be regular reviews which may lead to changes to the resources available, in line with our other responsibilities across Moray (within SDS).

SDS does not sit in isolation of other activities incumbent on the Local Authority and should be seen within the wider provision of services to children and families.

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