Wakefield Council facing ‘uncertainty’ over adult social care reforms

Coun  Pat Garbutt .
Coun Pat Garbutt .

Adult social care reforms could hit cash-strapped Wakefield Council with rising costs.

The council’s cabinet will discuss the government’s Care Act, which will place more responsibilities on local authorities, next week.

Changes to eligibility for support mean council’s might have to provide more services.

More information and advice will have to be given to help people plan their care, and carers will be able to ask for more support from local authorities.

A report to Tuesday’s cabinet meeting said the council had already agreed £20m of cuts to its budget for adult social care next year.

That was on top of £10m of savings already made this year.

Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “These changes aim to help people in need by offering more support at an earlier stage. However, whilst we welcome many aspects of the new Care Act the council is concerned that the new responsibilities will not receive the funding necessary to ensure that local people get the support they need.

“This uncertainty is a major concern for us.”