Hampshire opens consultation into adult social care charges

Hampshire County Council has opened an consultation to gain the public’s views on proposed changes to adult social care charges.

The Council claims that the proposed changes are designed to bring its policies in line with other comparable local authorities, as well as help it to offset some adult social care costs.

The consultation will run until 26 August 2016 and seeks people’s views on four proposed changes, these include: charging people for the costs of both their carers if they need two during a home care visit; taking into account 100 per cent of a person's disposable income, rather that 95 per cent; charging residents in Hampshire County Council-run residential and nursing homes for periods of absence; and taking into account income a person receives from letting out their own home, if they choose to do so.

The Council has said that even if the changes were implemented, people who are assessed as being unable to afford to contribute anything towards their care will still receive their care for free.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council's executive member for adult social care, said: "The County Council's funding from central government has roughly halved in recent years, and with ongoing reductions, the County Council is having to make some very difficult decisions about the services we provide and the way we do business. This is requiring us to look at how to deliver services in new and different ways, and to charge for services in a way that is appropriate and fair to help offset some of the cost of providing support to a growing population of older people and adults with complex care needs.

“It is important that the public and those who use the County Council's adult social care support services are asked for their views, and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part "