Changes to Cornwall Council could leave vulnerable adults unable to pay for care

  • 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.Irma Wants Some Coffee

    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 acs-consult@cornwall.gov.uk 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.

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