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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question to Kent County Council [with answer], 18 July 2013: Adult Social Services "Transformation" Savings

July 5, 2013 10:00 AM

Question by Mr G Koowaree to the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health

"Each month of delay 'costs' approximately £1.5m of savings not achieved in 2013/14" (para. 10 (1) p.12 report to Scrutiny Committee on 17 April 2013*).

Would the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health provide the County Council with specific details of the KCC / Newton Europe (our efficiency partner) transformation savings during the past 3 months and whether this equates to at least £4.5m (or £1.5m per month)?

Answer

A small team of Newton Europe staff started working with KCC on 7th May. A month later the full team of 15 were in place. Since starting the team have been:

Updating the financial modelling that will support service transformationWorking with KCC staff in developing the proposed service changes by streamlining care pathways, optimising KCC processes and ensuring more efficient commissioning of external services.

The figure of £1.5m savings per month mentioned at Scrutiny Committee is Newton Europe's forecast of average monthly savings that could be delivered once the programme is up and running. Transformational changes take time to plan and implement. There is a lead in time before the savings are seen, so there was never any expectation that Newton Europe would deliver £4.5m savings in the first 3 months of working in Kent.

As the programme gathers pace we will expect the level of savings made to increase month on month. The more changes, the greater the benefits - not just in terms of savings - but also improved outcomes for our service users.

It was true to say that each month of delay means £1.5m savings not made in 13/14. This is because getting the programme fully up and running has been delayed and the opportunity to make those savings in this financial year has been lost.