Bolton Council Failing To Meet Adult Care Targets

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 9:03am

By Joseph Timan - Local Democracy Reporter

The council is not meeting targets to review adult care packages, with almost a quarter of adults not being reassessed within 12 months.

Local authorities are expected to review care plans for individuals every year under statutory guidance set out in the Care Act 2014, although this is not a legal duty.

As of December, 23 per cent of care plans were not reviewed within a 12-month period.

This comes as the needs of an ageing population have been met with cuts to funding for local authorities.

A council spokesman said: “As a council, our focus is on those with the greatest needs to ensure they get the right care and support at the right time.

“Local authorities across the country are seeing increased pressure on care services but we endeavour to review the care each individual receives at least once every twelve months.

“In many cases, people receive multiple reviews per year so that their care can adapt to meet changes in their requirements.

“Anyone can request a review if they need support or if their circumstances change, we respond to all requests.”

However, Bolton holds up comparatively well when looking at other boroughs in Greater Manchester.

A third of care packages have missed the 12-month target in Manchester and Salford, while in Tameside the figure is 26 per cent.

In Rochdale, only 69 per cent of formal reviews took place within a year, although it is estimated that a fifth have had another form of review instead.

The information was revealed after Freedom of Information requests were sent to councils across the country.

Meanwhile, Care England, have reported that councils across Britain are “abandoning old people” by failing to properly fund care home places.

A study by the representative body for indepedent care services found that council fees are failing to keep up with rising costs.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Our society is institutionally ageist. Older people are treated like a problem to be tolerated rather than something to be cherished. You just cannot run a care home and give the optimum amount of care on a pittance. No wonder care homes are closing and there is a growing crisis in the number of places for the elderly.”

More from Local

Cover art for Never Too Much

On Air

Matt Munroe playing Luther Vandross - Never Too Much