Surrey County Council plans to move 10% of its care home residents into extra care flats to reduce social care spending.
The council plans to deliver 600 extra care flats for older and disabled people by 2025, Inside Housing reported.
Mel Few, cabinet member for adult social care at Surrey County Council, said: “Not only are these plans good for older and disabled people who want to stay in their own homes and familiar surroundings, they’re good for the council because we can stretch our budget further at a time when our finances are under severe strain from rising demand for services, including adult social care.”
The council is to offer sites for developers to design, build and manage extra care flats.
A spokesperson for the council said adult social care is costing an extra £24m this year. The council has estimated it could save £2.8m per year if the scheme goes ahead.
A report to the council’s cabinet last week said it was facing a “very serious financial situation” with it not expecting to deliver a stable budget in the next few years.
The announcement comes after the government announced last week that it was enabling local authorities to brings forward funding through the social care precept to ease short-term pressures on the sector (see NEWSFLASH: Mixed response to social precept changes).