Councils' Inefficient Social Care Assessments Waste ï¿½Â£300m
Councils in England are wasting an estimated £300m on inefficient social care assessments, which should be used to help vulnerable residents, according to auditors.
The Audit Commission found a wide cost variation across different authorities, and urged councils to focus on making their assessment processes more efficient. And it claimed that sharing best practice could fund care packages for an extra 20,000 older people.
Audit Commission managing director Andy McKeon said: “Our evidence suggests that councils can spend less and still do an excellent job. Any opportunity to save money and redirect it into care should be pursued enthusiastically.”
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