Have your say on adult care charges in county

Coun Patricia Bradwell. EMN-150320-162124001

Coun Patricia Bradwell. EMN-150320-162124001

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Have your say

With just over a month left to take part, Lincolnshire County Council is encouraging people to have their say in a consultation about what people are asked to pay towards non-residential care.

The council is reviewing its non-residential adult care contributions policy to align it more closely with new national guidelines.

You can share your views by filling in the online questionnaire at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adultcare and following the link to the contributions consultation.

Proposed changes include:

l Making it clearer what happens to contributions from service users when care is cancelled.

l Making the date that contributions start the same for everyone.

l Simplifying disability expenses by awarding them on a banded level for new customers.

l Financially assessing contributions against the full cost of care, and removing the weekly maximum charge for non-residential care and support services.

l Charging a flat fee for arranging a care package for people who pay for their own care, where they request the council to do so.

The council is holding events around the county to answer people’s questions and a rundown of frequently asked questions has been added to the council website.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, said: “People on the lowest incomes would not see any changes to their contributions. If you are assessed as not having the finances to pay for your care, you will not be asked to do so.”

If you need alternative formats or would like to receive the consultation documents by post, call 01522 782486.

The consultation will close on September 28.