Time running out for people of South Tyneside to have say on proposed social care changes

South Tyneside Council says the aim is to support people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
South Tyneside Council says the aim is to support people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Time is fast running out for people in South Tyneside to have their say on proposed changes to the council’s adult social care strategy.

South Tyneside Council is planning to work more closely with partners to provide more integreated services.

Coun Tracey Dixon has called on people to give their views.

Coun Tracey Dixon has called on people to give their views.

People have until December 31 to give their views on the proposals, which the council say are in response to increasing demand for social care services.

Consultation with South Tyneside residents has already taken place, and the council claims the aim is to support people to maintain their independence by preventing and delaying their need for care.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: “In these challenging times, we need to make sure we make best use of the available resources to help us support people and their families to stay active and independent.

“The opinions of local people on the best way to do this are crucial so I would urge everyone to have their say on these proposals.”

The opinions of local people on the best way to do this are crucial so I would urge everyone to have their say on these proposals

Coun Tracey Dixon

The initial ideas are based on previous consultation work undertaken by the council on adult social care.

Through a survey and five workshops, more than 97% of people said they would want greater control over their care and support, and would want their care to be co-ordinated alongside the health services and their family and carers. Meanwhile, 82% said that having information on equipment and technology would help them live safely at home, and 65% said they already had information and support to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

The survey is available at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/care until December 31. Paper copies are also available by calling 0191 424 6000.