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'Landmark' Project Set To Transform Adult Social Care Across Dorset

Elderly Care

5:55pm 17th December 2014
(Updated 7:49am 18th December 2014)

Ground-breaking changes to our adult social care are a step closer to sweeping across the county after local councils argreed to a landmark project that's the first of it's kind in the country.

Dorset County Council want to work with Bournemouth and Poole to form a Local Authority Trading Company with a budget of almost £37m.

The councils claim the proposals will set an innovative way forward for the three councils to deliver and sustain high quality care for adults - including older people, people with a learning disability and people with a disability - in the long term.

They say the LATC will be able to raise income from those who receive a direct payment, informal carers, and those who fund their care privately, which would enable all three councils to make vital savings.

Extra revenue generated could be ploughed back into the LATC to provide further services, or be reinvested back into the three authorities.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for adult social care, said:  "We have been looking for ways to work more closely with our colleagues in Bournemouth and Poole, and the LATC represents a fantastic opportunity for all three authorities to transform the way they deliver social care to people across the county."

"By combining our high quality services and excellent staff, we can create a sustainable organisation that provides better value for money and will benefit all service users and carers across Dorset by offering greater choice and control."

It is proposed the local authorities would hold 100 per cent of the shares in the new company without providing any financial subsidy and retain strategic control of the LATC through an Executive Shareholder Group.

This would include representatives from each council and help ensure that the LATC would maintain the high standards of quality that service users across Dorset currently enjoy.

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