CIPFA and ADASS have developed an advisory risk assessment tool for discretionary use by councils with adult social care responsibility.

By assessing the extent to which various risk factors apply, the tool gives a broad impression of how challenging it is likely to be to generate future savings. The extent of difficulty faced will be a function of the proportion of the 26 questions for which a high risk position is indicated, and the scale and speed of savings required. The aim is to facilitate informed consideration of the practical deliverability of budget proposals.

Whilst the ideal is that the tool is applied in a universal manner across councils to provide transparency and consistency, the tool is designed to allow for local interpretation and application. Some of the metrics are more illustrative than prescriptive, particularly those relating to unit costs, and councils may wish to adjust these to reflect local circumstances.

This is work in development and we will welcome feedback as to its usefulness and whether any changes would be helpful: please route via paul.carey-kent@cipfa.org or Simon.Williams@merton.gov.uk