North Yorkshire Launches Care Consultation
8:10am 3rd September 2013
People across North Yorkshire are to be asked for their views on changes to adult social care policies in the face of major cuts in Government funding.
The council has proposed a review of the eligibility criteria for social care, in a move which would bring North Yorkshire into line with almost every other local authority in England. It is also proposing to make some changes to the charges that people pay for community-based social services for adults, including increasing the amount that some people contribute.
“The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which in an ideal world we would prefer not to have to make,” said County Councillor Clare Wood, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care.
“But we are obliged to live in the real world, and very significant financial savings are required of North Yorkshire County Council as the Government tackles the economic deficit.
“Having said that, we are absolutely committed to the maintenance of the very best adult social care that we can fund.
“For example, North Yorkshire has a wide range of very successful measures in place – ranging from automated ‘telecare’ devices for individuals to large extra-care housing developments incorporating state-of-the-art support both for residents of the apartments and for others – which help to ensure that people are enabled to avoid the need for social care wherever possible.
“In addition, our reablement programme has been hugely successful in looking after people who have undergone hospital or other NHS treatment, and has helped very many of them to avoid having to return for even more treatment.”
The council’s proposal to raise the threshold for social care intervention from “moderate needs” to “substantial needs” would, they say, bring North Yorkshire into line with 87% of all other local authorities in England.
“We should also remember that the Government is proposing a national minimum threshold similar to the current ‘substantial’ threshold within the next few years in any case,” added Councillor Wood.
The consultation on the proposals begins this month (September). More information and a consultation questionnaire can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, Consultation events will be held around the county, as detailed below.
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