Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet on 1st February approved plans for a record £300 million spend for on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children.
The proposals will see council tax rise by 4.95%, which includes the Government’s 3 percent ring-fenced increase for care, from April to help towards the increasing costs of social care. This would mean an increase of just over £1 a week for properties in band D.
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member responsible for finances, said: “This budget, while undoubtedly the most challenging we have seen to date, will help us build on our track record of growing our economy and at the same time also see us, at a record £300m, spending even more on adults and children’s social care next year. With a growing ageing population to support, we all now need to look at doing a little more for ourselves where we can, while also paying a little more to help those who now need our help the most.”
The council has already reduced it’s own running costs over the past 7 years by around £200 million and further reduced in-house costs to help tackle a funding shortfall and deliver a balanced budget.
Ian added: “We are working hard to bring investment into the county, create new jobs and opportunities and help Staffordshire families lead more prosperous, rewarding, healthier, happier and independent lives, which should help reduce some of the pressures on the services the council provides. This is the right thing to do. This year as well as reducing our costs, we have had to take very difficult decisions in order to bridge a significant shortfall in our budget and meet our legal duty to balance the books.”