Simon Warren, Reading Borough Council’s interim managing director, has said the council is “on the cusp of going to law” with local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) over their failure to fund continuing health care (CHC) in the borough.
The council’s adult care and health services budget was overspent by £725,000 by July 2016.
“Were we to get the CHC funding the people of Reading are entitled to rather than having to satisfy that need through our adult social care budget, there would be a small overspend,” said councillor Eileen McElligott. “There is an issue around sharing resources effectively as there are other local authorities who are getting relevant CHC funding, and we’re clearly not, which is having added pressure on our budgets.”
“It’s not a question of working with, but working against at the moment,” said Simon Warren, adding “we are on the cusp of going to law.”
“It’s a pretty sad state of affairs with public bodies competing and putting money into the hands of lawyers,” said councillor David Stevens, the committee chair. “I suspect the fact we’re ready to go as far as court means we have a reasonable case for winning.”