Changes in store for care services across Lincolnshire

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The cost of adult care services for people across Lincolnshire could be changing as a review takes place in the county.

A public consultation on possible changes to the way people obtain care and support services has been opened by Lincolnshire County Council before they take effect next April.

Whether you currently receive care and support, care for someone else or will in the future, your views will be important in shaping our future policy.

Glen Garrod, director of adult social services at Lincolnshire County Council

Adult services, including non-residential contributions, are being reviewed in line with changes brought in under the new Care Act 2014.

These include a national level of care and support for councils to follow, assess what help to give people with care costs and limits on how much should be paid over your lifetime.

Glen Garrod, director of adult social services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are considering changes to make contributions fairer, while exploring opportunities to generate income to safeguard adult care services for the future under growing budget pressures.”

“Whether you currently receive care and support, care for someone else or will in the future, your views will be important in shaping our future policy.

“Our officers have been working with people who have special communication needs and hard-to-reach groups to make sure the consultation is accessible to anyone who might be affected.

“We are writing to all the people who currently receive care to make sure they are informed and have the opportunity to share their views.”

The quickest and easiest way to share your views is by filling in the online questionnaire at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adultcare and following the link to the contributions consultation. Here you can also find more detail about all five proposed changes and details of consultation events near you.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, said: “We need to review our policy to make it fairer and easier to understand, but people will continue to be financially assessed before being asked to contribute towards their care.

“If the proposals under the Care Act were introduced, around 4,600 people on the lowest incomes would not see any changes to their contributions.

“However, regardless of any proposed changes, if you are assessed as not having the finances to pay for your care, you will not be asked to do so.

To take part in the consultation, call on 01522 782486 or email contributions.consultation@lincolnshire.gov.uk