Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Case study: Essex County Council

Benefits of CIPFA Financial Assessments Benchmarking Club

How we used the data

In the context of an ongoing financial challenge in adult social care over the medium term due to demographic pressures from an ageing population, reduced funding from central government compounded by other impacts such as the National Living Wage, ECC undertook a review of its Non-Residential Adults Charging Policy. Having identified a number of options based on the permitted latitudes within the statutory guidance, the benchmarking data helped us to focus on which options to develop and take forward.

Having initially used the benchmarking data to help develop our proposals, it was also referenced in a range of papers related to this project, including the final Cabinet Paper which was agreed in December 2015.

Being a member of the club also provided us with the opportunity to feedback on the questionnaire and to help shape some of the questions for the following year’s return. This meant that we could suggest areas we would have liked to see further details on, to help to maximise the benefits of the final report and ensure we can continue to share best practice with colleagues at other authorities.

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