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Have your say over revisions to care contributions policy

Residents are being asked to have their say on the introduction of a new policy to determine how much people should pay towards the cost of some care services.

The City of Wolverhampton Council currently operates a banded contributions scheme for non-residential adult social care services.

It is now proposing to revise the scheme and introduce individual financial assessments of income and capital which will determine how much someone is expected to contribute to the cost of their care and support based on what they can afford to pay. It will not change the cap above which people would be expected to pay the full cost of their care and support.

The proposed changes are due to the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and changes to the benefits system which mean that a banded contributions system no longer addresses individual circumstances sufficiently.

A 12 week period of consultation is now underway, with people invited to have their say online at Review of Contributions to Non-residential Adult Social Care or by attending one of a series of public meetings.

These will take place at Ashmore Park Community Hub, Griffiths Drive, on Tuesday 10 October from 10am to 12pm; Bilston Town Hall, Church Street, on Friday 13 October from 10am to 12pm; Action 4 Independence, Albert Road, on Thursday 19 October from 2pm to 4pm; and the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, on Wednesday 25 October from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "It is important that people have their say in this consultation, either by taking a few moments to complete a comments form online or by attending one of the public meetings being held over the next few weeks."

The closing date for comments is Sunday 26 November, 2017. To find out more about the proposals, please visit Review of Contributions to Non-residential Adult Social Care, email ss.domcare@wolverhampton.gov.uk or write to Financial Assessments, Adult Social Care, City of Wolverhampton Council, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RT.

  • released: Thursday 28 September, 2017