Council shows progress in education, social care and regeneration

Multi Storey car park
The new multi storey car park
Published: Thursday, 7th December 2017

Warrington Borough Council’s latest quarterly performance report reveals that progress is being made in education, social care and infrastructure.

Key areas include:

Vulnerable adults
85.1% of older people accessing the council’s re-ablement service were at home 91 days after their discharge from hospital in quarter 2, against a target of 83.5%. Re-ablement is offered to patients where there is hope that they will be able to maintain or increase their independence.

More broadly, the council’s adult social care transformation programme launched in June 2017. As demand for adult social care increases nationally, including in Warrington, the aims of the transformation programme are to reduce demand on services by supporting individuals to remain as independent as possible. This is achieved by the council adopting a “strengths based” approach to customers at every stage – ensuring that an individual’s existing support networks are maximised. The programme is also targeting savings of £6.7m over the next four years.

Vulnerable children and young people
Efforts to reduce the number of children in care are beginning to have an impact, with recent data showing the number of children coming into care in 2016/17 has reduced by 11% on the previous year. The council is providing high levels of intervention for families at risk of breakdown. This preventative approach aims to mitigate family problems before they reach the point of children being taken into care.

Education
All but one of Warrington’s 71 primary schools are now either good or outstanding according to Ofsted. Warrington’s primary schools are performing better than the previous year and better than the North West and England averages.

In 2017, 49% of disadvantaged children achieved Reading, Writing and Maths (RWM), a 4% increase on the previous year. Although this reflects a positive improvement, the percentage increase is not at the same accelerated rate as their peers and the council will work to close the achievement gap.

Infrastructure and regeneration
The council continues to make good progress on key economic investment projects and regeneration programmes across the borough. The city centre masterplan, centre link and stadium quarter are progressing well. The new temporary market and multi storey car park are also now open and trading well.

Executive board member for personnel and communications, Cllr Hitesh Patel, said: “We are making good progress on delivering services which support some of our most vulnerable residents, and I’m pleased to see that we are continuing to support investment in the town centre.  I’m also heartened to see our schools performing beyond the North West and national average.

“We still have plenty of work to do, but the improvements we are making are down to the efforts of council staff who are working hard to overcome the huge financial pressures we are facing, with the Government having cut a third of our budget since 2010.”