Have your say on new charges for Adult Social Care services


IT'S TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY on the cost of adult social care in Buckinghamshire. The County Council is holding an eight week consultation about the charges made for some services. 

The consultation starts on Monday 15 October and is ONLY about increasing charges for people who qualify to pay the full or part cost of their care. 

Residents directly affected by the changes will be sent detailed information about the proposed increases in charges, along with a postal survey to give their views. 

The survey will be live on the  'Have Your Say' pages of the Council's website from Monday 15 October and available in an Easy Read format

Typically those with £23,250 or more in savings and investments [around 25% of all adult services users] will be asked to pay the full charge for the care they receive. 

Charges for 13 services are being reviewed. These include: Telecare Landline system [increase of 30p per week], Day Care [increase of £2.10 per day], Home Care [increase of 60p on two carer hourly rate], and Respite Care [increase of £50 per week]. 

Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Every year, we look at what we charge eligible customers for social care so we can be sure we receive enough money to pay the bills for these services. Most people [around 50%] who use these services do not qualify to pay any charges at all, and some [around 25%] only pay a small fraction of the actual cost as a contribution. 

"For those that do pay we have tried to keep the increases as low as possible, as we know that incomes have to stretch much further these days. But like everyone else we too have to provide more with less. We want to make sure vulnerable adults living in the county get the support they need to live more independent lives.

"I would urge anyone who has a view or is concerned about the proposed changes to let me know by completing the survey." 

If you, a family member or someone you care for uses adult social care services in Buckinghamshire, you can let the County Council know what you think about the changes by visiting the 'Have your say' section on the council website www.buckscc.gov.uk 

The consultation ends on Friday 10 December, after this date we will review all responses received to decide whether to make any changes. Results of the consultation and any decision made will be published on the Have your say’ page of the council's website by the end of March 2019. Any increased charges will come into effect from April 2019. 

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