Have your say on social care changes in Rutland

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Have your say

People will be able to have 
a say on proposed changes 
to social care services in Rutland during a three-month consultation.

The consultation on plans to change criteria and increase charges for social care services provided by the county council starts on Monday.

Cabinet members considered a report about potential changes to the service on Tuesday.

Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “This is a really important piece of work looking at how we, and our community, feel adult social care should be provided during the next 10 to 15 years.

“Please do not assume other people will respond to the consultation or that your views will not be heard. We need as much information as possible to make future decisions.”

Details of the proposals are outlined in a draft information paper which went to cabinet.

The council is looking to change its criteria so people with moderate needs would no longer qualify for its social care services. Each client would be reassessed before any changes were made. Its a policy operated by many other councils.

There are four levels of eligibility set by the Government, which are critical, substantial, moderate and low. People with a low level of need do not qualify.

The maximum weekly charge for care could also increase from £170 to £364 and the hourly charge from £11.50 to £13. The council says it pays £16 per hour for care.

Anyone with savings of £23,250 or above pays the full rate. Savings of £14,250 or less are not taken into account and income between these levels is assessed.

A charge for a second carer could be introduced. Currently people only pay for one carer if they need more than one at the same time.

The council is looking at considering 100 per cent of net assessable income, which is income or savings after certain deductions are made. It currently considers 85 per cent of this income when determining charges.

A day care charge of £25 per session could be introduced. People with care packages currently access day care for free.

Access allowances for social activities and support could be axed.

The council says it now offers intense support for free for up to six weeks to help people to regain independence at home.

People who receive social care will receive a letter outlining the proposals and how to respond. Ten public meetings will take place in Oakham, Uppingham, Ketton and Ryhall, in April and May.

People can call 01572 758444 or e-mail ascconsultation@rutland.gov.uk for more information.