Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved adult social care reforms that will effectively limit support to those classified as “critical”.
The move, which is aimed at saving £51m in the next financial year and heading off a projected funding gap for the service of £118.2m by 2014-15, could withdraw services from some 4,200 elderly and vulnerable people whose care needs are assessed as “substantial”.
Cabinet members approved the adoption of a ‘universal resource allocation system’ and the reassessment of the needs of the city’s 14,300 service users.
Birmingham proposes the provision of better guidance, coupled with improved preventative and predictive services to minimise people’s need for care services.
It carries the “expectation” that citizens pay for their own services unless they have critical needs and cannot provide for themselves.