Have your say on adult social care charges

PR 8315
10 August 2016

Wakefield Council is asking for residents views on proposed changes to the way adult social care services are charged.

The current charging policy was agreed in March last year. Now the Council is reviewing the legislation and guidance because of the need to support the future sustainability of essential social care services.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “We are urging as many people as possible to have their say on possible changes to our charging policy.

The proposed changes include removing the cap on the maximum weekly charge for non-residential services, a possible charge for commissioning services and a potential to charge higher rates for care components, as well as the implementation of a discretionary Deferred Payments Scheme.

“The growing demand for adult social care means that changes have to be made. To continue as we are is simply not an option. We have a duty to provide social care services for the district’s vulnerable adults, and to sustain this we must do things differently.

“We know the proposals would benefit some people, but not others, so it is very difficult. However, no-one will be asked to pay more than they can afford, based on their financial assessment. It is essential that people take part in the consultation to tell us what they think.”

The challenges faced by councils, across the country, to fund social care are huge. In Wakefield the demand is increasing by around 5% every year and over £140m – a major part of the Council’s budget - is being spent on social care every year. Even with the 2% precept which the Government implemented this year, Wakefield will be looking at a funding gap in excess of £20m in the next five years.

The consultation is now running until 18 September at www.wakefield.gov.uk/adultsocialcare or for more information call 01924 307406.

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