1. Mr Thomas-Sam introduced the report which presented the revised strategy for consideration following the consultation on the draft ‘Making A Difference Every Day – Our Strategy for Adult Social in Kent 2022 to 2027’.
2. Mr Thomas-Sam, Ms Clinton and Mr Smith responded to comments and questions from the committee, including the following:
(a) Asked what the financial implications of the strategy were for the Council Mr Smith said the strategy was focused on the people’s needs and their choices in meeting those needs, and that costed delivery plans would sit alongside it; and
(b) Asked how the views of carers would be considered in developing the Carers Strategy, and how this would interact with the larger strategy, Ms Clinton said the Carers Strategy would be steered by pre-consultation engagement which included carers and a carers research study which was commissioned to look at the relationship of the carer with the person being cared for, the wider family unit and key life stages.
3. It was RESOLVED that the decision proposed to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health to:
a) Adopt the ‘Making A Difference Every Day – Our Strategy for Adult Social in Kent 2022 to 2027’;
b) Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to refresh and/or make revisions as appropriate during the lifetime of the strategy; and
c) Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to take relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of and entering into required contract or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the objectives of the strategy, be endorsed.