New plans to transform adult social care and health services in Lichfield and Burntwood will be announced during a live web-cast from Staffordshire’s County Council Chamber.
County councillors will come together from 10am this morning (October 26) to debate the issue.
The debate coincides with the announcement of Staffordshire Cares, which will see changes to the delivery of services, advice and support for people across the county.
Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said:
“This debate comes at a crucial time for adult social care. Every local authority in the country is currently looking at how it is going to meet increasing demand and expectations at a time of shrinking budgets. In Staffordshire we want to lead in the way in delivering the best possible care to those who need it in the most efficient way.
“In June this year, Staffordshire people voted in a new Conservative administration and this first ever council chamber debate will see county councillors from all parties debate how to meet these challenges. Residents will also have a chance to watch the inner workings of democracy live via a webcast.”
Members will hear about the new plans for Staffordshire Cares during the session. Other invited guests will include carers, care professionals and partners – including people from the voluntary sector.
Cllr Ellis added:
“We want to help people live their lives the way they want to. To help them do this we are developing a new and innovative way to meet needs and aspirations. The role that friends, family and other carers play is also crucial and we must have the right support available in the future for both the current generation of older people and future generations.”
People can tune in to watch the debate, from 10am to midday, at www.staffordshire.gov.uk. It will remain available on the website for anyone unable to view the event live.