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Have your say on care contributions

People are being asked to have their say about proposals relating to the amount they are expected to contribute towards the cost of certain care services.

Wolverhampton City Council is proposing to make changes to the amount people should pay towards non residential support, very sheltered housing care services and Supported Living services.

National guidelines recommend that service users who are more able to afford it should make a contribution towards the cost of their care, though those least able to pay will still not be expected to pay.

Councillor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "The number of people using these care services is increasing at a time when the council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge due to Government cutbacks.

"This is putting even greater pressure on council finances and so as part of our wider budget consultation, we are looking at how much people should be expected to pay towards the cost of certain care services.

"The increases will mainly affect those who can afford it and who receive disability benefits which are designed to help meet the cost of their care needs - those least able to pay will still not have to pay anything."

People can find out more about the proposals and have their say at one of 2 public meetings taking place on Wednesday 15 January, 2014 - the first is at Action for Independence on Albert Road, Wolverhampton, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and a second is in Committee Room 3 of the Civic Centre from 6pm to 8pm.

People can also contact Shen Brown on 01902 551040 or via shen.brown@wolverhampton.gov.uk, or Rose Powell on 01902 555494 or via rose.powell@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

  • released: Wednesday 18 December, 2013