Continuing with our promise to publish more detailed information about our budget, here are the details for our third large service area – health & social care – showing how much we spend, what some of the major trends and pressures are, and how our spending compares with other comparable areas and what we’re already doing to save money.
So – if you’ve ever wondered how much it costs to look after: elderly people; people with mental health problems; people with learning difficulties; and provide residential and nursing care services – click on the links to find out more and give your informed view. We also give you information about how Bristol’s costs compare to other cities and look at some of the pressures health & social care services face from our changing population.
We hope you’ll find this useful in helping you give us your thoughts and ideas around our four big questions:
- Which services, if any, should we consider delivering at a reduced level or even ceasing altogether?
- Which services might be better provided by other bodies, such as the voluntary sector, or with others, such as the NHS or neighbouring councils?
- Do you have any other ideas based on your experience for service areas where we could further explore saving money?
- Are there any service areas from which we should aim to raise more income?
Watch Cllr Jon Rogers, Cabinet Member for Health and Care, talk about the difficult budget decisions ahead and join the debate
These are important services and we are facing difficult financial pressures with the public spending cuts – we would appreciate you reading the information before responding to give an informed view.