Changes to Cornwall Council could leave vulnerable adults unable to pay for care
- 15 Aug
Vulnerable adults living under Cornwall Council may have to pay the full cost of their care as the council tries to save £3m.
Cornwall Council have said that they are going to have to act to bring down its adult social care bill as projections show that in the next 20 years, a quarter of Cornwall's population will be over 65 with the number of people aged over 85 expected to double.
The proposals that are being put out for a three month consultation include a wide range of changes.
There will be a removal of the maximum contribution for care, which is currently £250 per week, and charging for the whole cost of care. This includes any disability related benefits and disability related expenditure.
There will now be charging for services which are currently free, such as day services, and people will be financially assessed to see if they can afford any contributions toward the cost.
There will also be changes to the way that people are financially assed for respite care, and people will be charged the exact amount, instead of rounding down to the nearest 50p which could mean people will have to pay an additional £25.48 per year.
Cornwall Council has already had to find £170m saving since 2010 due to government grant cuts and the council tax freeze. It is planning to further its saving to £40m by 2016 and have a total of £100m by 2018.
According to This is Cornwall anyone else who wishes to make their feelings known can log on to www.cornwall.gov.uk/haveyoursay, call 01872 322861 or email email@example.com to request a consultation pack.
There will also be 12 public events held across Cornwall :
Monday, September 9: St Teath Community Centre, The Square, St Teath, PL30 3JB, 2-4.30pm, and Newquay Tretherras School, Trevenson Road, Newquay, TR7 3BH, 6-8.30pm
Friday September 13: Ord Statter Pavilion, Mylor Bridge, TR11 5NH, 2-4.30pm and New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY, 6-8.30pm
Monday September 16: Redruth Community Centre, Foundry Row, Redruth, TR15 1AN, 2.-4.30pm and Camborne One Stop Shop, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX, 6-8.30pm
Monday September 23: Bodmin Territorial Army Centre, 7 Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1DX, 2-4.30pm and St Blazey Community Centre, Alexander Hall, Middleway, St Blazey, PL24 2JH, 6-8.30pm
Thursday September 26: Carleen Village Hall, Carleen, Breage, near Helston, TR13 9QP, 2-4.30pm and Landithy Hall, Church Road, Madron, near Penzance, TR20 8SS, 6-8.30pm
Monday September 30: Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, Launceston, PL15 8QE, 2-4.30pm and Liskeard One Stop Shop, Luxstowe House, Greenbank Road, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ, 6-8.30pm
The consultation runs until November 10, 2013. The results will be reported to the Council's cabinet, which will then make a decision whether to adopt the policies.
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/982475
- 26 Aug
Adults with vulnerabilities in custody are not receiving appropriate support
A report commissioned by the Home Office has said that lack of awareness and a shortage of trained volunteers means police often go ahead without on present, reports the BBC.Home Secretary Theresa...
- 11 Aug
Chief inspector warns cuts are affecting adult social care
Andrea Sutcliffe has said that many carers ended up being "the sort of care worker you wouldn't want them to be", reports the BBC.Adult social care budgets have been cut by £4.6bn since 2010 - a 31%...
- 04 Jun
Social care services for adults struggling due to budget cuts
There is a £1.1.bn shortfall to councils in England warns the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and freezing care provider fees to save money is no longer sustainable, reports the...
- 03 Jun
People with vulnerabilities left at risk by policy makers
‘Solutions from the Frontline’, published by a coalition of charities looks into the ideas and experiences of service users. It investigates how the new government along with national and local...
- 20 Apr
Social landlords in Wales hope to save the NHS £1.7m
The savings will come from housing 33 patients under the care of the Aneurin Bevan University health board, through a project called ‘In One Place.' This project places patients who have a mental...
- 17 Apr
New supported housing service for people needing care after hospital
The service will provide supported accommodation for people who no longer need specialist medical care, but who are no longer able to return home due to changes in their home care needs. It is hoped...
- 15 Apr
Proposal for an extension on the integration of health and social care in Staffordshire
Staffordshire County Council wishes to agree on a new deal which will help to improve integration between health and social care for its residents, reports ITV.The deal, if agreed, will extend the...
- 17 Mar
Older people and people with disabilities finding it hard to get state funded care
Social services leaders are warning that many people with disabilities or older people with care needs are facing the challenge of having to pay for their own support at the end of the next...
- 11 Nov
The number of people using food banks has risen by 1,468%
Latest figures by the Trussell Trust show that 913,138 adults and children have received three day's emergency food and support from its food banks over 103/14 which is an increase of 346,992 since...
- 30 Oct
Support for patients with vulnerabilities with eased pressure on hospitals
Teams of social workers and NHS staff will soon become available seven days a week under new care plans, reports the BBC.Ministers are predicting that pressures will ease on hospitals from April once...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "Found the seminar very informative and gave an interesting and full insight into current thinking about the consultation. Michael was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter and encouraged interaction with the audience which led to further relevant points being shared with the room. I shall certinaly look out for future events!" M.E. - Care Housing Association