At the same time as spending on services we are also continually looking at how we can work smarter, be more efficient and reduce our costs. Since we came into existence in 2009, we’ve delivered £185million of efficiencies. This has not been through cuts to services but through working differently and prudent financial management.
We continue to review how we work to ensure we are as efficient as possible. The budget plans for 2023/24 include proposals to reduce our costs by a further £9.5million.
Around £5million of these efficiencies relate to changing care packages for older people, people with a learning and physical disability to be more proportionate to their needs. Right-sizing care packages can reduce costs but also improves outcomes for people because it encourages independence and reduces reliance on social care services.
We’re also modernising our approach to day care, investing in extra care accommodation and using assistive technology more.
We also expect to start getting income from the new Integrated Health and Care Hub we have built in Dunstable.
We are also continuing to review how we work to reduce costs.
Any of the proposals which could result in significant changes affecting residents or staff will be subject to public consultations before a final decision is taken.