Changes to day services for adults with a learning disability

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Dear Warwickshire County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to day services for adults with a learning disability in your local authority:

1) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability were known to social services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12?

2) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability attended day activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12:

i. 5 days a week or more
ii. 4 days a week
iii. 3 days a week
iv. 2 days a week
v. 1 day a week
vi. 0 days a week?

3) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability attended the following type of day activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12:

i. day centres
ii. employment
iii. education
iv. voluntary work
v. other activities?

4) How many a) day centre places and b) equivalent day service places for adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability were funded by the local authority in the following financial years:

i. 2009/10
ii. 2010/11
iii. 2011/12;

and how many do you expect will be funded in iv. 2012/13?

5) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability who attended day activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12 lived:

i. in the family home
ii. in their own home
iii. in supported accommodation
iv. in residential accommodation?

6) If there have been day service closures within the local authority, have any alternative services been put in place for those who attended the day centre; i.e. new learning disability-specific community activities or transport to/from suitable existing day activities?

7) If there have been day service closures within the local authority, were consultations held, and if so, what were the consultation periods? Please provide full details (excluding personal/confidential data) of all consultation responses and the resulting statement from the council.

8) Have charges for any of the following services increased since 1st April 2009:

i. day centre attendance
ii. transport to and from day activities
iii. any related activities;

and if so by how much?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

Warwickshire County Council

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Dear Ms Davies,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
Your request for information has now been considered, and the information
that you have requested is enclosed.  

1) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability were known to
social services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12?

 2009/10 =  1082
  2010/11 =1142
  2011/12 =  1107

   
2) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability attended day
activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12:
   
    i. 5 days a week or more
    ii. 4 days a week
    iii. 3 days a week
    iv. 2 days a week
    v. 1 day a week
    vi. 0 days a week?

 

   
3) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability attended the
following type of day activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and
  c) 2011/12:
   
    i. day centres
    ii. employment
    iii. education
    iv. voluntary work
    v. other activities?

   

 
   
4) How many a) day centre places and b) equivalent day service places for
adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability were funded
  by the local authority in the following financial years:
   
    i. 2009/10
    ii. 2010/11
    iii. 2011/12;

As above response to question 3, although as all customers move to having
a Personal Budget in the future they may choose to purchase a holistic
support package. This will include      support and day opportunities but
may not be building based i.e. at traditional day centres. This will be
dependent upon customers’ needs and personal outcomes, which may see some
people accessing building-based complex needs services, but the focus will
be on community involvement

         
    and how many do you expect will be funded in iv. 2012/13?

See above.  Everyone eligible for support to access the community will
continue to receive support to do this but it may be in a different
setting, and those who access day care for respite purposes will have
alternative arrangements made.

   
5) How many adults aged 18-65 with a learning disability who attended day
activities in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12
  lived:
   
    i. in the family home
    ii. in their own home
    iii. in supported accommodation
    iv. in residential accommodation?

   
6) If there have been day service closures within the local authority,
have any alternative services been put in place for those who  
   attended the day centre; i.e. new learning disability-specific
community activities or transport to/from suitable existing day
   activities?

Closures have taken place, where leases of the respective premises have
expired or where premises have otherwise become under-utilised.  
Alternative provision has been/is being provided.  More specific details
of the closure and alternative provision is set out below:

a) A facility at Avonbank, Stratford upon Avon is in the process of
closure as the landlord, Stratford College, gave knowledge that they were
terminating the lease to use the premises themselves.  Letter dated 15^th
December 2011 notified customers and carers.  Customers have been provided
with alternative provision at Saltway and Brookbank in Stratford.

b) A facility at Integr8, Nuneaton is also in the process of closure as
the landlord, the local College, has served notice on WCC to terminate the
lease for the building to return to College use.  Letters were sent to
customers on 31^st January 2012 to notify them that they will need to be
moved to alternative premises by the end of March 2012.  Alternative
provision for individual customers is currently being identified.

c) Bloxham, Rugby: Warwickshire County Council notified customers it
proposed to locate to smaller premises due to smaller numbers of people
using the building.  Letters were sent to customers and carers notifying a
move of existing customers to the Sesame Centre (1.5 miles away) as from
May 2011.  

d) Bridgeway, Bedworth: The centre was under-utilised and an official
consultation was held with customers, carers and staff, which commenced on
28^th June 2011 for six weeks closing on 8^thAugust 2011.  Meetings with
carers were held on 12^th July and customers on 14^th July.  The outcome
of the consultation  was notified in August and customers were relocated
to the Freeway Centre around 1^st September 2011.  

   
7) If there have been day service closures within the local authority,
were consultations held, and if so, what were the consultation
   periods? Please provide full details (excluding personal/confidential
data) of all consultation responses and the resulting statement from
   the council.

In addition to the consultation referred to in  6d), above, a consultation
took place with customers of Learning Disability Services and their family
carers  regarding the future strategy for Learning Disability Services in
Warwickshire.  The Consultation took place between 28^th February and
27^th May 2011.  Letters were sent to known customers and their family
carers from the WCC client database ‘CareFirst’ in January 2011 (attached)
outlining the Learning Disability Strategy and asking for them to complete
a questionnaire.

The questionnaire is attached and was promoted through the website:

and carers’ and providers’ focus groups were held and presentations given
in various locations throughout the county (see Presentation attached):

     

In addition dedicated web pages were made available during the
consultation including the questionnaire, but these have since been
deleted and information on the outcome of the consultation can be found
 at the following link:

[1]www.warwickshire.gov.uk/learningdisabilitystrategy

In addition a briefing note was sent to providers, internal staff, MPs,
District & Borough Council and the PVI sectors on 23^rd February 2011
outlining the strategy and consultation.

A letter was sent to customers and carers following the completion of the
consultation in July 2011 enclosing a report on the consultation (see
attached):

     

Carers’ Briefing sessions were held from 17^th October to 10^th November
around the county,  and  Customers and Carers were notified of the outcome
of the strategy by the attached briefing note as well as the Briefing
sessions:

Other stakeholders were notified by the attached briefing note:

In addition to the foregoing, a hard copy Newsletter is sent approximately
every two months to customers and carers on our database (and other
interested parties) from the Learning Disability Partnership Board.  The
Newsletter provides news on the Learning Disability Strategy and other
areas of interest and current and previous copies can be found on our
website:

[2]www.warwickshire.gov.uk/LDPBNewsletters

   
8) Have charges for any of the following services increased since 1st
April 2009:
   
    i. day centre attendance
    ii. transport to and from day activities
    iii. any related activities;
   
    and if so by how much?

Yes, details of maximum contributions for each year are set out below.
 These are subject to individual financial assessments:

     i. day centre attendance:

     Maximum contributions for the service: April 2011 £15.69; January
2012 £41.91; April 2012 £46.74

     ii. transport to and from day activities:

     April 2011: £5.29 per journey; April 2012: Journey up to 5 miles
£5.17; Journey over 5 miles £8.63.

     iii. any related activities:

     Home care maximum contribution hourly rate: April 2011 £13.37;
October 2011 £15.10; January 2012 £14.24; April 2012 £14.24

     Telecare services (weekly): April 2011 onwards £4.87.

     Respite care (residential daily rate): April 2011 onwards £51.80

     Personal Assistant (hourly rate via Direct Payment): April 2011
onwards £10.78

     Other Chargeable Services: 100% of the total cost of care.
   

                                                                         
                       
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Jonathan Sheward

Information Administrator
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