Adult social care charges

Closed 9 Jun 2018

Opened 12 Mar 2018


Cumbria County Council wants your help in developing a fair and consistent approach to charging for care, ensuring that everyone pays the appropriate amount for the services they receive, based on their need and their ability to pay.

Why We Are Consulting

Cumbria County Council is seeking the views of the people of Cumbria on proposed changes to the Council’s charging policy to adults who require care and support.

To assist and inform you in your responses here are some facts that may be useful to you:

• Cumbria County Council currently spends £143 million a year on adult social care services, including non-residential care. This provides social care support to over 9000 adults.

• To help fund these services the Council charges adults for the services they receive based on their ability to pay.

• Cumbria County Council currently generates a total income of £34 million per year for people our adult social care services based on the existing charging policy.

• The demand for these services is set to increase significantly over the coming years due to our ageing population and the increase in the number of people with complex needs.

• Each year the Council also faces significant challenges including rising costs associated with the delivery of care and the reductions in funding from Government.

Charging and Financial Assessment

Cumbria County Council wishes to develop a fair and consistent approach to charging for care. The key principles of the proposed care charging policy for adult social care are that people will only contribute towards, or pay the full cost of, their adult social care if, subject to a financial assessment, it is established they can afford to pay. The amount someone who receives Adult Social Care will pay will not be more than the cost of providing the service and will be limited so that they are always left with enough to pay for everyday living costs.

Current charging regulations are set in accordance with the Care Act 2014, Charging and Support Regulations.

What Happens Next

Following the end of the consultation period all views, comments and survey responses will be collated into a report which will influence the final decision making process. This report will be available to you via the Cumbria County Council website.

The Council will carefully consider all the feedback received, when making recommendations to Cabinet for final approval to policy changes.

The final outcome of the consultation will be communicated to those people affected and policy documents will be updated and an implementation date will be communicated.



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