Plans for a record £300million spend on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children have been approved at Staffordshire County Council.
The spending on care and plans to deliver a balanced budget for 2017-18 were agreed at a meeting of the Full Council.
To help towards the increasing costs of social care, county council tax will rise by 4.95 percent from April, which includes the Government’s 3 percent ring-fenced increase for care. Bills for a Band D property will increase by just over £1 a week.
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member responsible for finances, said:
“This budget, while undoubtedly the most challenging we have seen to date, will help us build on our track record of growing our economy and at the same time also see us, at a record £300m, spending even more on adults and children’s social care next year.
“With a growing ageing population to support, we all now need to look at doing a little more for ourselves where we can, while also paying a little more to help those who now need our help the most.”
Over the last seven years the council has already reduced its own running costs by around £200m and further reduced in-house costs to help tackle a funding shortfall and deliver a balanced budget.