Essex County Council spend c.£79m per annum on residential services for adults with disabilities. It was acknowledged that more intelligence around these costs was required.
Care Cubed, a national benchmarking tool for residential packages, was identified as a solution. Care Cubed is backed by data from local authorities across the UK to give an expected range of cost for a residential care placement.
An implementation plan was developed for the tool to be embedded across the Council and subsequent financial and non-financial benefits have been achieved following the roll out in May 2019, inclusive of a saving/cost avoidance of £510k.