Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Don’t miss your chance to have a say on how the Council charges for care

On October 19th there will be a special consultation event in the White Hart Hotel in the town centre about Cornwall Council's new plans for charging for social care support. Anyone who cares about the issue (or just wants to find out more) is welcome to come along to chat with officers about the proposals.

Over the last two months, there has been a major consultation with service users, care providers and the public on a range of options, from keeping the existing way of charging, to not charging at all. People have been encouraged to rank five choices, by filling out preference forms.

So far, nearly 700 responses have been returned, and 200 people have attended a series of ‘drop-in’ public meetings. These have received good feedback from visitors, who were able to discuss how the changes might affect them individually with a member of staff.

The event will take place from 2–4pm at the White Hart Hotel, Launceston

The review of charging affects people who receive home care services from the Council, and does not extend to people living in residential or nursing care. The introduction this summer of personal budgets for service users in Cornwall, means there is a need to review the current arrangements for assessing how much they contribute towards the cost of their care.

All 5,500 current service users were sent a leaflet and preference form, and invited to attend the public events. But this service may be used by any one of us in the future and so it is right that everyone is given the chance to have their say. I'm very grateful to the officers who arranged this event in Launceston.

The formal consultation ends on 13th November. The findings will be considered by councillors at the Health and Adults Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 23rd November, and will be available on the Cornwall Council website a week beforehand. The Council’s Cabinet will then make a decision at its meeting on 15th December.

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