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Review of social care charges begins

Who will pay what for for homecare, community support and other services?

Published on January 22nd 2013.


Review of social care charges begins

A CONSULTATION is starting over a review of contributions for adult social care in Liverpool.

Charges for social care are set locally under national guidelines issued by the Department of Health.

Fairer Contributions, says the council, is designed to make sure that no groups are disadvantaged by the policy and it treats everyone equally.

The council is consulting on the following proposals: 

* Taking into account individual housing costs when carrying out a financial assessment, rather than the current blanket 10 percent disregard of the net assessable income. We believe this will more accurately reflect people’s financial position and some people will end up paying less. 

* Removing the capped contribution of £222.13 per week on the basis that it disproportionately benefits people with the highest income. 

* Introducing a standard flat-rate charge of £20 per week for services until a financial assessment is completed, to bring Liverpool in line with other local authorities where, it says, the average charge is twice as high. 

* Introducing charges for telecare (£2 per week), medication prompts (£2.50 per prompt) and one-off services such as storage or cleaning. 

* Charging for home care in 15 minute blocks rather than 30 minutes so people are charged more accurately for the time they receive care for. 

* Two proposals are also being considered for charges to other services such as homecare, community support and day services. The city council subsidises services by between 11 and 82 percent. The options are: Increasing ALL charges by three percent OR reducing the amount of subsidy and increasing charges for those that currently receive a subsidy of more than 50 percent. 

'Concern'

More than half of the 5,407 who receive services – 2,935 - are not expected to be affected, says the council. A further 2,083 people who already make a contribution are likely to be asked to pay more, and it is thought that 389 people will have to start making a contribution towards their care for the first time.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “I completely understand that any changes to contributions for social care will naturally cause concern, which is why we are going out to consultation.

_49735655_Rozgladden-ImageRoz Gladden“What we are trying to do is make sure that our policy is as fair as it possibly can be. Over half of the people who receive services will not be adversely affected and some people may even end up paying less due to the way in which we assess housing costs.

“It is also important to remember that the total cost of the service provided is still heavily subsidised by the council and payments are only a contribution towards the cost of care.

“We want to make sure we give people all the information that they need and any questions they have which is why we are holding information sessions across the city.”

More Information

Millennium HouseMillennium HouseA series of consultation events are taking place from the end of January at which people who receive services, their carers and representatives of other organisations will be able to find out more and ask questions. They are:

  • Tuesday, 29 January, 2pm-3.30pm, Reds Suite, Liverpool Football Club
  • Thursday, 31 January, 2pm-3.30pm, Reds Suite, Liverpool Football Club
  • Friday, 1 February, 11am-12.30pm, Millennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool City Centre
  • Tuesday, 5 February, 2pm-3.30pm, Millennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool City Centre
  • Tuesday, 5 February, 5.30pm-7pm, Millennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool City Centre
  • Monday, 11 February, 2pm-3.30pm, LACE Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park
  • Thursday, 14 February, 1pm-2.30pm, Bridge Chapel Centre, Heath Road, Allerton. 

People wishing to attend should contact the Liverpool Cares team on 233 2819 or 233 4640, or email here with their name, contact details and their chosen session. People are available to answer calls from 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Booking is essential as the capacity of each venue differs.

More information is also available here. 

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Rogeredwards795@Btinternet.ComMay 18th 2013.

Unfortunately I only read this article to-day. Can anybody tell me what the result of the consultation was? It's the middle of May now. It's just that after this scandal about Joe Anderson employing a spin doctor, and his trip to Dubai, I seriously object to this council spending money on what I consider to be unnecessary or inefficient projects or activities, whilst at the same time "savings" are being made by making life more difficult for people unable to earn £680 per day!

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John ShawJanuary 16th 2014.

Unfortunately I've just read this today, fast forward a year from when first published. Nothing has changed, I too share your objections re "unnecessary or inefficient projects or activities. Did you ever get a response?.........You wont do....It doesn't matter what the public think.....This administration is to be likened to the proverbial "runaway horse"

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