Securing the future of AFG

You will be aware from the media that local authorities across the country have to make significant savings. As we are a service provider that receives the majority of our funding from local authorities, this will have an impact on the way we are funded.

In order to secure the future of AFG we therefore need to consider how we too can make significant savings through the modernisation of our services. As Steve Gross, Lancashire County Council’s Director of Commissioning states, “These are difficult financial times and everyone involved in social care must ensure that services provide the best possible value for money.”As a charity we have a Board of Trustees and they have given their commitment to wherever possible, protect direct support to the people who use our services. That is why, as an organisation, we have already reduced our management and office costs by over £2m. However, we still need to make further savings of £5.1m to ensure AFG’s future. We have therefore begun a consultation process with our support staff to discuss how we might find those savings.

We appreciate that this is an unsettling time for our staff. However, we can confirm that we are not in the situation where we are considering making redundancies and our solutions will also not reduce direct support hours.

We will be in a position to provide further updates as and when an agreement has been reached.

We would like to thank our staff for their professionalism, dedication and support during this very challenging time.

If you are a member of the press and require further information, please contact Jayne Bintley, Marketing and Communications Manager on 0151 482 4077 or 07825 621770.