People could be cared for in different ways

TOMORROW could see a major transformation of the way vulnerable people are cared for in Northamptonshire approved.

The so-called prevention and demand management strategy would see almost £22.5m allocated to areas across Northamptonshire and represents a significant change in the way such services are delivered in the county. It has been driven in part by reductions in funding from central Government as well as an increased demand for services.

Northamptonshire County Council says the strategy is an attempt to reduce duplication and inefficiency and to find ways to help more people help themselves.

The ultimate aim is that people who currently rely on some of the services presently available will become less reliant on more specialist services, saving County Hall around £15m over the next four years.

A funding model has been developed to help plan where resources should be focused. It aims to create an area-based approach to commissioning services which will see a lead partner procured for each area.

They will work with the council to manage demand locally, concentrating support on people who are likely to escalate into higher cost, specialist services.