Council consult residents on proposed changes to home care charging policy

15th July 2019

Rotherham Council is asking residents to tell them what they think about proposed changes to how people are charged for adult social care services they receive at home.

The 70-day Non-Residential Charging Policy for Adult Social Care consultation will run from Monday 1 July to Monday 9 September 2019.

Almost 2,700 people, who currently have home care arranged by the council, will receive an information pack through the post explaining the proposed policy change along with a questionnaire for feedback.

The consultation is open to all tenants, not just those who have carers at home. To take part people should visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/consultations.

The proposed changes to the policy are in line with the Care Act 2014 which provides local authorities with the option of introducing a single legal framework for charging a person for their care and support.  

This framework is intended to make the system easier to understand and fairer, so that people only pay what they can afford. Some people will be entitled to financial support based on a means test and many will be entitled to free care. The proposed changes would also bring Rotherham more in line with the charging frameworks of neighbouring councils.

Ian Spicer, Assistant Director for Independent Living and Support at Rotherham Council said: “The council aims to support individuals and families to live the best life that they can, independently and for as long as possible, within a community that can support their health and wellbeing. For many people, having carers visit them at home means they do not need to move into residential care.

“The Council is reviewing how it charges for the at home care services it provides and wants to understand how residents feel about the proposed changes before it makes a decision.”