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Plans to invest millions in health and social care

Plans to invest millions of pounds in health and adult social care services are expected to be rubber-stamped next month.

When full council meets on March 2, all members will be asked to support an additional £7.7 million of investment in services over the next three years.

The results of Dudley Council’s recent budget consultation, where residents highlighted services for older people was their top priority, supports this investment.

If approved, it will see the council invest more than £2million to maintain initiatives introduced in recent years, and originally funded through the government’s Improved Better Care Fund, to avoid hospital admissions and accelerate hospital discharges.

The initiatives have helped ease the pressure on services and significantly reduced the number of cases of delayed transfers of care, which the council is committed to continuing to support.

Money is also earmarked to help with the growing demand for care for people with complex dementia and learning disabilities and to meet the rising cost of care.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

"Residents have told us that services for older people are their top priority and we completely agree.

"In recent years, thanks to government funding, we have been able to change the way we work to make it easier for people to access the services they need.

"We know there will always be more to do but this investment package will help us continue to ease the pressure on key front line services and maintain the positive momentum."

The council’s work in transforming adult social care was recognised nationally when it won a silver award in the transformation of social care category at last year’s national Public Sector Transformation IESE Awards.

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