Consultation To Begin On Charging For Social Care In Kirklees

Council want to make those better-off pay for care.

Proposals to consult the people of Kirklees about changes in the charges of adult social care are being considered today.

The Council want to change the way people pay for their care, by altering it to suit the individual. It means some people could pay more - because they can afford to.

The consultation questionnaire will go to 2000 people, and also the partnership boards covering people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and older people.

The changes being proposed will not affect people living in a residential care home or nursing home.

Kirklees Council’s Director of Wellbeing and Communities, Merran McRae, said: "Given the demographic predictions we are working with – which will mean a substantially higher amount of spending on adult social care in the future as more people live for longer – we need to look at fairer ways of charging."

"This increase in the number of older people will affect all councils, but as a council we need to plan and maximise our income so we can help those most in need with the resources we have."

If the changes are agreed, those new to social care will be assessed and charged in this way starting from 1 April 2012.

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