Have a say on care changes

Coun Patricia Bradwell. EMN-150828-165222001
Coun Patricia Bradwell. EMN-150828-165222001

With just over a month left to take part, the county council is encouraging people to have their say in a consultation about what adults are asked to pay towards their care.

The council is reviewing its policy on users’ contributions towards non-residential adult care to align it with new national guidelines, including the Care Act.

Glen Garrod, Director of Adult Social Services, said: “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.

“You don’t have to be getting services from the county council to have your say on the proposals, anyone can take part.”

Proposed changes include: 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.

The consultation will close on September 28. share your views is online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adultcare or call 01522 782486.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Adult Care, said people on the lowest incomes will not lose out: “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.”