Making Social Services sustainable
A sustainable community is "a development which meets the need
of existing generations without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their needs" - KCC Vision for Kent
Kent is facing a significant increase in population with an
extra 138,420 new dwellings planned by 2026 across the county.
Together with this, there is a growing ageing population. This
means that our services and infrastructure must be aligned with the
long-term planning process so that the people of Kent receive
adequate social services.
For Kent Adult Social Services (KASS) the increase in the number
of older people presents challenges. Our primary objective is to
"help the people of Kent live independent and fulfilled lives
safely in their local communities" and we also must provide care
and support to the most vulnerable people in society:
- older people
- people with a physical disability
- people with a sensory impairment (hearing or sight)
- people with learning disabilities
- people with mental health problems.
The South East Plan
South East Plan is a new type of
planning document for the region and will replace (following
Govenment's approval) the Kent
and Medway Structure Plan. It sets out a vision for the future
of the South East region to 2026, outlining how we need to respond
to challenges facing the region such as housing, the economy,
transport and protecting the environment. The overall aim is to
ensure that the South East remains economically successful and an
attractive place to live for future generations.
New housing developments mean that the local population also
increases, leading to a greater demand on local Social Services.
Service commissioners in Kent Adult Social Services (KASS),
supported by service planning staff, are responsible for
identifying future needs in the context of future developments for
each District in Kent. The methodology for this is set out in the
KCC Guide to Development Contributions.
To support this, KASS has published a
Glossary of Terms (PDF, 1.45m) aimed at developers, landowners
and our partners, such as district planning officers, the health
and voluntary sectors. It sets out examples of future services
required to make adequate infrastructure provision for adults
requiring social care.