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Peterborough City Council - Charging policy review PE1

Location: UK » East of England » PE
Sector: Social care

Issue: Charging policy review

We agreed in 2011 to allow care charges to rise to the level of their actual cost for those people who can afford to pay. These rises are being phased in over three financial years to protect people from the impact of steep increases.

The first two phased increases have been applied, and the third and final phased increase is due to be applied from April 2013. This will affect those people receiving respite, day care and homecare where two carers are needed at the same time. In addition, we are currently consulting on other changes to the charging policy. This includes a review of the council’s Disability Related Expenditure disregard rate, which is applied to people who make a payment towards the cost of their care, and the introduction of charges for assistive technology.

We are also consulting on proposals to introduce a charge for individuals where the department acts as an “appointee” and helps them to manage their money if they lack the mental capacity to do so and have no next of kin to assist them. This charge will not be applied if it was likely to cause financial hardship.

The proposed changes will affect people who contribute something towards the cost of their care and may mean that some people will have to start paying a charge or pay more than they currently do.

Savings:
2013/14 £k: 250
2014/15 £k: 250
2015/16 £k: 250
2016/17 £k: 250
2017/18 £k: 250

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