Adult Social Care Fees and Charges

  • Background:

The Council is considering potential changes to the charges paid by people newly accessing the care system, who fully fund their own social care in the district, those with more than £23,250 in savings.

There would be no changes to the eligibility for care support; the changes would not impact someone living in a care home; and those who are already receiving a care support package will continue to do so under the existing arrangements.

The changes would replace three existing price bands for day care with a single cost and introduce an arrangement fee and annual charge for those who are able to arrange their own care, but who request that the council does this for them.

The council already provides information about support for people in their own homes, known as ‘domiciliary care’, as well as the drop-in and day-care support available; and an increasing number of residents and their families are choosing to use that information to make their own arrangements.

 

What would happen next?

 If approved, the new arrangements would come into effect on 1 June 2020.

They key changes proposed would affect those who have not received any community-based services purchased for at least three months, who live at home or in Supported or Extra Care Housing and who are self-funders of their care, can fully pay for their care i.e. those assessed as having more than £23,250 in savings, not counting the value of their home. The services covered include domiciliary care (home care), attendance at day care services and mentoring services.

Around 100 new self-funding residents each year would be affected by the proposals, but those already receiving a service will not be affected while that continues.

 

There are three changes proposed:

  • New users of dementia, learning disability and specialist day care would be charged £96.30 per day.
  • New purchasers of community-based services would be charged a £295 one-off arrangement fee and an annual charge of £75.
  • Service users may also become eligible for a £295 fee if they decide to change providers (and ask the Council to arrange it) for a reason not related to their care needs.

 

The consultation will run until end of day Tuesday 17th March 2020.  We want to ensure that as many people as possible provide their feedback

 

How to find out more and have your say:

 

Timeline

  • Opened
    21 Jan 2020 at 13:00
  • Closes
    17 Mar 2020 at 23:59

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Details

Consultation Topic
  • Older people
  • Social services and social care
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Target Audience
  • Carers
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities