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£1.2million investment boost for social services

Posted on : 18 Sep 2019

£1.2million investment boost for social services

Caerphilly county borough council has approved a major cash injection that will bring significant benefits to a range of projects within Social Services.

The council’s Cabinet considered a report today (Wednesday 18th September) seeking to approve the reinvestment of reserved budgets that were earmarked for different uses but are no longer required for their original purpose.

The report identified around £734k of reserve balances that will be used to fund a range of one-off schemes and help address immediate workload pressures, relieve increasing demand for social care and improve outcomes for service users.

The report also proposed that a further £281k, previously earmarked for potential ‘invest to save schemes’, should be used to pilot a project to provide additional support to families with parents with learning disabilities - reducing the likelihood of children becoming looked after. The money will also be used to purchase specialist equipment to assist home carers with their visits.

In addition, the cabinet also agreed to transfer £242k to enable capital works to be undertaken at a number of Adult Services direct care establishments in order to improve bathroom facilities and to enable Wi-Fi access.

Cllr Carl Cuss, Cabinet Member for Social Services welcomed the proposals, “This money will go a long way in helping to address the increasing demand and pressures within social care. It’s encouraging to see that the Cabinet is being proactive in identifying funds that are no longer required for their original purpose and redirecting the money to schemes that will deliver significant benefits to the community thanks to this extra cash.”

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