Changes to short breaks services for adults with a learning disability

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to short breaks services for adults with a learning disability in your local authority. NB: short breaks services are also known as respite services.

1) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability were known to social services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11, c) 2011/12 and d) 2012/13?

2) What was your net expenditure for short breaks services for adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what was the agreed budget figure for 2012/13?

3) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability attended short breaks services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what is your projection for short breaks service use in 2012/13?

4) How many short breaks services closed in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) have you closed/are you planning to close any short breaks services in 2012/13?

5) If there have been short breaks service closures within the local authority, have alternative services been put in place for those who attended the short breaks service?

Please give details of a) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who attended the service(s) that closed, and b) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who attend the alternative service(s) (if applicable).

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

Freedom Of Information, Northumberland County Council

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breaks services for adults with a learning disability. Your request was
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Reed Tricia,

 

In relation to Northumberland short break services for adults with a
learning disability, you asked us the following questions Under the
Freedom of Information Act:

 

1) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability were known to
social services in each of the financial years from 2009 to the current
financial year.

 

The figures based on the number of cases recorded at the end of each
financial year (31 March) are as follows.

a) 1,229 adults (18-64) with a learning disability were known to social
care services in 2009/10;

b) 1,251 adults with a learning disability were known to social care
services in 2010/11;

c) 1,213 adults with a learning disability were known to social care
services in 2011/12;

d) 1,195 adults with a learning disability are currently known to social
care services (as at 31 August).

 

2) What was your net expenditure for short breaks services for adults aged
18-64 with a learning disability in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12,
and d) what was the agreed budget figure for 2012/13?

 

We are not able to provide net expenditure figures within the time
available to respond to an FOI, since our routine accounting data do not
include figures which enable us to separate out the income corresponding
to these short breaks.

 

a) £418,979 was spent on short breaks for adults (18-64) with a learning
disability in 2009/10;

b) £426,744 was spent on short breaks for adults with a learning
disability in 2010/11;

c) £410,264 was spent on short breaks for adults with a learning
disability in 2011/12.

d)  We do not yet have a comparable figure for 2012/13.   A substantial
part of our expenditure is based on individual assessments of need and
funded through delegated budgets or personal budgets. 

 

3) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability attended short
breaks services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what is
your projection for short breaks service use in 2012/13?

 

a) 130 adults (18-64) with a learning disability attended short breaks in
2009/10.

b) 109 adults with a learning disability attended short breaks in 2010/11.

c) 101 adults with a learning disability attended short breaks in 2011/12.

d)  We do not yet have a comparable figure for 2012/13 (see above). 

 

One reason for the reduced numbers is likely to be that an increasing
number of people with a learning disability have been assessed as eligible
for NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC).  For instance in the current year to
date 17 people have had CHC-funded short breaks.

 

4) How many short breaks services closed in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c)
2011/12, and d) have you closed/are you planning to close any short breaks
services in 2012/13?

 

No short break services closed in the specified period, and there are no
plans to close any short breaks services in 2012/13.

 

5) If there have been short breaks service closures within the local
authority, have alternative services been put in place for those who
attended the short breaks service? Please give details of a) the number of
adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who attended the service(s)
that closed, and b) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning
disability who attend the alternative service(s) (if applicable).

 

Not applicable.

 

 

 

 

Tricia Reed

Policy Officer

Adult Services and Housing

County Hall

Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2EF

 

Telephone: 01670 622434

Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]www.northumberland.gov.uk/sds

 

 

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