Adult social care community care charging consultation

In recent years we have made £100m savings by working with residents as part of The Deal, while at the same time transforming and improving services.

Even though demand for services is growing we must still make significant reductions but as part of the ‘Deal for the Future’ consultation, residents told us that supporting vulnerable people should be a key priority.

To support this, we have made sure that an extra £2m can be spent on adult social care. However, there will still be savings to be made to help protect front line services to vulnerable people.

Paying the right amount

Our charging policy ensures that everyone pays the appropriate amount for the care and support that they receive, based on their need and their ability to pay.

We want your views on two proposals to change the policy in relation to people who receive care in the community i.e. not in a residential or nursing care home.

The proposals

The proposals aim to generate additional income by removing the subsidy from those who CAN afford to pay for the services they receive and bring our charging policy in line with that of other Greater Manchester councils.

We are consulting you so that you can give your views before any decisions are made.

The proposals are:

  1. To increase the amount of disposable income we take into account in the financial assessment from 75% to 90%; and
  2. To remove the difference between what it costs the council and what the council charges for home care and Shared Lives services.

What does this mean?

The proposals would mean increases for some people who currently pay for their care. However, people would continue to pay only what they can afford following a financial assessment, but by increasing charges for those assessed as being able to afford it, we will be able to make sure that those most in need can still get the help they need. This extra support will also help us continue to protect our frontline services and provide the care which we know is valued.

As well as undertaking specific consultation with people who use our services, we are also asking the general public to share their views about our proposals.

Online questionnaire

The consultation ended on Sunday 21 August.

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