A key council meeting has decided on proposals that will shape the way services are provided to people with physical or learning disabilities across Staffordshire.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet have today agreed to take forward the new Whole Life Disability Strategy for 2018-2023. The strategy sets out how the county council plans to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and how they can be helped to prevent, reduce and delay the need for long-term care services.
The plans sets out how they will work to help those with lower level needs to lead independent and fulfilling lives for as long as possible, and also how the county council will support people with assessed eligible needs relating to physical or learning disabilities, autism, or sensory impairments.
County Councillor Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “Across Staffordshire, 3 in 100 people are currently living with a learning difficulty and 11 in 100 people with a physical disability. While drafting this strategy, we have spoken to many of these people and their families and carers.
“What has become clear is that ‘disability’ is a label that is unhelpful. The way we support people in the future needs to be about ability, not disability, about focussing on what people can do and building on these strengths so that they can live full and independent lives for as long as possible.”
Subject to the decision being called in, the county council will review current ways of working and the support and services provided, and will be engaging further with people with disabilities and their families before any changes are implemented.
County Councillor Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “In partnership with our families and communities, we intend to do everything we can to prevent, reduce and delay the need for people to have a long-term reliance on social care services, and instead help them to achieve the independence that many people with disabilities have told us they want.
“Where people are eligible for services we will meet their needs, and we will do this in a way that taxpayers can afford. By working within the budgets we have available, we want to provide services that give people the independence they want, while also ensuring that we protect services for those who need them most in the future.”