June 06, 2019

In the last seven days, the Institute for Fiscal Studies published ‘English council funding: what happened and what’s next?’. Furthermore, Panorama’s ’The crisis in care Who pays?’ programmes were on TV. For those of us involved in health and social care, the information presented is familiar and the stories shown are part of our daily work and/or personal lives. However, that doesn’t make it easy reading, or viewing.

In response to these long-standing issues, we’ve cut and shifted spending according to priorities, and also, reshaped, outsourced and stopped services. We’ve raised eligibility criteria to reduce those we have a duty to support, and turned our backs on those at the lower end of the care spectrum. We’ve also cut payments to residential care providers and increased council tax to pay for the remaining services. All of which is understandable but, implementing these short-term actions is at the cost of long term sustainability. We now find ourselves rapidly moving toward being unable to even meet our statutory obligations and for some councils, ‘bankruptcy’ in all but name is looming large. We are creating our own ‘perfect storm’.

So, what next? Scrutinise Younifi. It is a radical and properly supported new approach. It’s a key means of achieving short-term gains whilst being best positioned for sustainability. An approach that will save rather than cost money. That enables councils and their partners to shape the way adult social care is managed, funded and provided. This new approach offers 100% visibility of the choices people make, encourages self-management, promotes proactive intervention, and stimulates the provider market including micro providers and volunteers. An approach that makes the complexities of social care simple.

High risk? No, you’re only being asked to check us out, a) to see if we have the evidence to support what we are saying, b) to examine the business case for your council in order to discover what is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of conservative, annual savings that Younifi can make.

Understandably, a radical new approach can be seen as risky. However, to continue as we are is actually the high-risk route and no longer an option. To date, many changes have been described as ‘transformational’ but, in actual fact, the outcomes have been more of the same, small, tactical improvements that offer little in the short-term and even less in the longer-term. It’s time to be truly revolutionary, take the first step by calling or emailing me.

Tony Pilkington

MD Younifi