The council is proposing to make changes to the way charges are made for non-residential services, such as home care and day care services. As well as raising additional income for the council, the proposed changes will ensure we continue to provide a fairer charging system for our customers.
If you are:
- someone who currently uses services,
- someone who may use services in the future, or
- if you care or look after someone in your home and you would like to have your say on the proposed changes, Wigan Council welcomes your comments.
We have identified three areas where the charging policy is in need of change:
- People in receipt of Higher Rate Attendance Allowance/Disability Living Allowance Care Component. The proposal is to take this into account in the financial assessment for people who use night time services, subject to a £10 disregard.
- People in receipt of Enhanced Disability Premium. The proposal to take this into account in the financial assessment, subject to £5 disregard.
- Charging policy taper. The proposal is to increase the taper from 58% to 75%.
The proposed changes represent the first phase of the review of charging for adult social care services. Subject to approval, it is intended that the proposed changes will come into effect from 1 December 2010.
We will also be looking at further opportunities for the introduction of new charges and, in consultation with people who use adult social care services, ensure that levels of charges for existing services are appropriate.
If you would like to comment, make any suggestions or need clarification on the proposals:
Wigan Council, Department of Adult Services, Financial Assessment Team, FREEPOST WI1132, Wigan, WN4 9ZZ.