Public meeting in Stamford on care charge consultation

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
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Lincolnshire County Council will hold a public meeting in Stamford on plans to change what people pay for non-residential care.

The council is holding a county-wide consultation and wants people to give their views at Stamford town hall between 10am and midday on Monday (September 14).

The session will include a short presentation from the council to explain the proposed changes to the policy, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Proposed changes included in the consultation are:

○ Making it clearer what happens to contributions from service users when care is cancelled.

○ Making the date that contributions start the same for everyone.

○ Simplifying disability expenses by awarding them on a banded level for new customers.

○ Financially assessing contributions against the full cost of care, and removing the weekly maximum charge for non-residential care and support services.

○ Charging a flat fee for arranging a care package for people who pay for their own care, where they request the council to do so.

Executive member for adult care Patricia Bradwell (Con) said: “If these proposals were introduced people on the lowest incomes would not see any changes to their contributions. People will continue to be financially assessed before they are asked to contribute towards their care.

“I want to reassure people that regardless of any proposed changes, if you are assessed as not having the finances to pay for your care, you will not be asked to do so.”

Director of adult social services Glen Garrod added: “We’ve been getting varied and interesting feedback at events around the county. If you come along to a meeting to ask questions, please make sure you fill in your consultation form and send it back so that we can consider all your views.

“We are considering changes to make contributions fairer, while exploring opportunities to generate income to safeguard adult care services for the future, under growing budget pressures.”

Places at the consultation session are limited. To book your place call 01522 782486 or e-mail contributions.consultation@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

The consultation document and online questionnaire are available at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adultcare.

The consultation will close on Monday, September 28.