Tracking your preventative spend: a step-by-step guide

Document type
Guidance
Author(s)
Wilkes, Laura
Publisher
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
16 October 2013
Subject(s)
Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) piloted an approach in Camden Council to mapping their preventative budgets against one of the council’s key outcomes from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework; to keep older people living independently for longer, by ‘delaying and reducing the need for care and support’. The research aimed to understand their investment in prevention against this outcome and the impact that this has on outcomes for older people. The focus on this outcome is particularly timely, given the transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities. This guide shares this approach and sets out the step-by-step process that was taken to analysing Camden's preventative budgets in this area.

Undertaking this analysis is the first stage of what could be a much broader piece of work to shift budgets to have a greater emphasis on preventative services. As such, timing of this analysis is crucial so that it has the opportunity to provide contextual information to budget planning processes.

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