Residents of Calderdale have the opportunity to influence a new policy regarding how the Council levies charges for the care and support provided to adults.
The Council is seeking input from local residents on its Charges Policy for Care and Support Services. This outlines the methodology employed by the Council in determining the financial contribution individuals make towards their Council-funded adult social care. These contributions are calculated based on the individual’s income, savings, and financial capacity, as well as in accordance with national legislation and Government directives.
Adult social care encompasses two main categories:
Residential care, where the Council organises long-term, respite, and short-stay residential care services for individuals eligible for care and support in a residential or nursing home.
Non-residential care, where the Council coordinates community-based services (including home care, day centres, and community care alarms) for individuals eligible for care and support to facilitate their independence in their own homes.
Additionally, the Council provides direct payments to empower individuals to make their own arrangements to meet their care and support requirements.
The Charges Policy will be implemented equitably for all individuals, and in most cases, individuals will be responsible for funding a portion or the entirety of their residential care and support.
Cllr Josh Fenton-Glynn, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Wellbeing, said; “One of our key roles as a council is to help people who need care and support. This is a big part of our priority to reduce inequalities. We want people in Calderdale to live well and age well, to live long, healthy, happy and independent lives.
“Nationally, demand for care and support services is growing. So, we need to look at how we provide and charge for our adult social care services, and we’re asking local people to have their say. We will use their feedback to make sure we continue to give the highest quality services possible.
“Our new Charges Policy ensures a clear, consistent, transparent and fair approach to care cost contributions for everyone.”
To participate in the Council’s online survey on the adult social care charging policy, please visit https://new.calderdale.gov.uk/council/consultation-and-feedback/adult-social-care-charging-policies-consultation
For guidance on financing your care and support, visit https://new.calderdale.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/help-social-care-costs/paying-your-care-and-support
To request a paper form from the Council for completing the survey, or to obtain an easy-to-read version of the guidance on financing your care and support, please send an email to ChargingPolicyConsultation@calderdale.gov.uk
The survey will be open until 9am on Monday, 30th October 2023.