OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Social Services To Launch Costs Probe
social services department has shown a big improvement in several
areas, but still needs to do better, according to a government
indicators published today by the Department of Health show that
the majority of services are graded between “acceptable” and
three areas have been highlighted as needing “urgent
are: support given for admitting older people to residential or
nursing care; the inspection of residential care for adults; and
the percentage of the items of equipment costing less than £1,000
which are delivered to the person in need within three weeks.
earmarked for praise were reviews of child protection cases,
inspection of children’s homes and services for adult with
disabilities helped to live at home.
was compared with 13 other authorities with a similar size and
type of population.
it came bottom in the table for delivering equipment to people who
needed it, it moved to sixth in the list of the amount of child
protection cases carried out.
year’s figure of 95 per cent was hailed as a big improvement on
the 1998-99 figure of 80 per cent.
of the 20 categories were deemed good to very good, but eight
other areas were marked out for needing improvement.
were: costs for residential and nursing care for adults with
learning disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities;
the cost of services for children looked after, costs for foster
care, the amount being spent on family support, the amount of time
children spend on the protection register and the number of
adoptions of “looked after” children.
Kevin Maton, cabinet member (social services) said:
is encouraging that in the majority of areas our services are
deemed acceptable to very good.
we still have some way to go to ensure that all our services
remain consistently good year after year.
is a concern that three areas need urgent investigation while
other areas need questions asking, and this will be done
are committed to improving performance and becoming the best, in
order for people needing our services to receive the highest
quality of service available.”