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More than £34million for adult social care

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More than £34million has been earmarked in Dudley Council’s budget to support services for older and vulnerable people over the next three years.

Dudley Council’s adult social care service has faced significant increase in demand in the last 12 months, largely due to the impact of the pandemic.

To help maintain existing services and help address the increasing cost of providing care, more than £10million has been earmarked for next year in the council’s proposed budget, followed by another £12 million each year for the next two years.

The money will be used to meet the increased demands for reablement and residential care as well as providing care at home and within nursing and dementia services.

Money will also be used to support care providers in the borough.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

People working in the care sector have gone above and beyond during the course of the pandemic and we continue to thank them for all they do to support some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
To ensure we can continue to offer essential care services, we have set aside millions of pounds in our proposed budget.
This would be supported by the proposed council tax increase of 2.99 percent, where one percent would be used for adult social care.
Although we’re about to consult on our budget proposals for the next financial year, we know from responses to previous consultations that supporting services for the elderly and vulnerable is a priority for our residents.
This investment demonstrates that we whole-heartedly agree and despite the challenges faced by increased demand, we will continue to do all we can to provide the care people need.

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