13 December 2011

Plans for an extra £27.5m to be pumped into caring for older people and providing services for young adults are part of Northamptonshire County Council’s Local Deal budget proposals.

The council is proposing to put the extra money into the services to ensure it keeps up with huge increases in demand for such services caused by the county’s growing and ageing population.

And it is also proposed to put an extra £6m into services for the county’s looked after children.

Despite the huge financial challenges facing the county, cabinet members say this investment shows the council will still invest heavily to help people who can’t help themselves.

Cabinet member for health and adult social services Robin Brown said: “The biggest amount of money in any line in this year’s budget proposals is the amount of money we are looking to invest into facing up to the growing demand for care amongst our older people and also for younger adults.

“With this investment we are showing that while parts of the Local Deal are about people doing more to help themselves when it comes to the most vulnerable in our county we are there to help people when they can’t help themselves.

“Here in Northamptonshire we have a growing and an ageing population. That clearly puts huge pressures on the public purse. This money allows us to ensure that where help is most needed we are still able to provide it. Of course there are still some very difficult and potentially painful decisions to make with regard to care services but this investment ensures our core services remain in tact for those most in need and we continue to protect the most vital services for the most vulnerable.”

Cabinet member for children Cllr Andrew Grant said: “The extra £6m for looked after children will allow us to meet the growing demand for services for the most vulnerable children in our communities. It is of course vital we continue to put the right investment into this area and this is what this proposal aims to do.”