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Report highlights positive progress in Social Services

Posted on : 12 Oct 2018

Report highlights positive progress in Social Services
A major report published this week outlines the positive progress that has been made within Caerphilly’s Social Services, as well as the increasing pressure faced by the directorate over the past 12 months.
The document, entitled the ‘Annual Report of the Director of Social Services 2017/18’, has been prepared by Dave Street, Caerphilly county borough council’s Director of Social Services, to provide a summary of how effective the organisation delivers social care services to its residents.
“The key theme emerging from the report highlights the increasing pressure on social care, both from a financial perspective and in terms of the complexity of need,” said Dave Street.  “However, there are also many positive examples of how teams across the social services directorate are working together to protect vulnerable people, provide key support to the community and promote the wider wellbeing objectives of the council.”
CCBC’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr Carl Cuss, welcomed the report, “I would like to commend the Director and all the staff for the way they deliver social services to meet the needs of our community. These needs are growing in complexity and the demand for our services increase year on year, but we continue to deliver high quality provision despite difficult budgetary constraints.”
“I would also like to thank our providers, carers and the wider community who all help shape Social Services in Caerphilly,” he added.
Some of the key issues highlighted in this year’s report include:
The social services budget for 2017/18 was £80million, yet despite major pressures the directorate only overspent by 0.2%.
CCBC successfully implemented the Welsh Community Care Information Systems (WCCIS) - a national IT system that allows information to be shared across all 22 Local Authorities and 7 Health Boards in Wales.
Social Services and Housing teams within CCBC have been brought together under the same directorate. There are clear links between the two and one of the major challenges facing an aging population is ensuring people live in suitable accommodation.
There are parts of the social care workforce where recruitment and retention of staff is becoming increasingly difficult. This is a national issue affecting local authorities, so CCBC is taking positive steps to address this issue as a priority.

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