People who use adult social care services in North Yorkshire are being reminded that they can give their views on how they pay for them.
In October, the County Council started a consultation on proposals about how people who use the services contribute to their costs. The consultation runs until Monday, 21 January, and people who have not given their views so far are being asked to do so over the coming weeks.
The consultation covers two main areas:
- the cost of transport provided by adult social care to places where people receive a service – for example a day care centre;
- how the total cost of care is calculated and the amount people may be asked to contribute in the future.
County Councillor Michael Harrison, executive member for adult social care and health integration, said: “In North Yorkshire, it’s crucial to us to support adult social care as much as possible. We have welcomed additional funding from the Government, we have raised additional council tax through the social care precept and we have protected budgets, as much as we can, to the point where social care is now nearly 45% of all that we spend.
“However, given that adult social care is our largest budget – and we have other important commitments, to children and parents and to road users, for example – we still have had to make savings. We continue to lobby Government for a long-term sustainable solution to funding adult social care and look forward to the forthcoming Green Paper, and the next spending review, which we hope will set out the Government’s proposals. In the meantime, we must continue to look critically at how we spend taxpayers’ money and how it can be spent better.
“In February, county councillors approved the adult social care budget and agreed to look at reviewing our charging policy. We are now consulting about our proposals for changing the way we charge for some adult social care services and want as many people as possible to take part. Their views will be very important in the decision making process.
“If the decision is made to implement the proposals, the changes would not begin until April next year and we will also take steps to advise people on how they can claim other benefits and support to which they may be entitled.”
The county council has produced a consultation document that explains the proposals. The document and the survey can be accessed here.
To request the documents in another format, such as large print, audio, or easy read (words and pictures), please ring the county council’s customer services centre on 01609 780780. Please note that there are already easy read versions of the consultation documents available as downloads on the consultation web page. The consultation documents are also available from libraries and council offices. Information on the current charging policy is here.