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North Yorkshire County Council consults public over adult social care changes
11:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
Proposed changes to adult social care are to be discussed at an open consultation event at Herriots Hotel in Skipton on Thursday.
North Yorkshire County Council is proposing a review of its eligibility criteria for social care, bringing it into line with the majority of other local authorities in the country.
It is also proposing changing the amount people pay for community-based social care for adults.
Councillor Clare Wood, executive member for adult social care, said the council needed to make savings.
“The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which in an ideal world we would prefer not to have to make,” she said. “But we are obliged to live in the real world, and very significant financial savings are required of the council as the Government tackles the economic deficit.”
She added that the council remained committed to the maintenance of the very best adult social care that it was able to fund.
“North Yorkshire has a wide range of very successful measures in place – ranging from automated ‘telecare’ devices for individuals to large extra-care housing developments incorporating state-of-the-art support both for residents and for others – which help to ensure that people are enabled to avoid the need for social care wherever possible,” she said.
The council’s proposal to raise the threshold for social care intervention from “moderate needs” to “substantial needs” would bring the county in line with 87 per cent of local authorities in England.
“We should also remember that the Government is proposing a national minimum threshold similar to the current ‘substantial’ threshold within the next few years in any case,” added Coun Wood.
Thursday’s event will take place from 1pm to 3pm. Booking is not necessary, but the council is asking people to register. This can be done online at northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, by calling 0845 87273 74 (Minicom 0845 603 6391), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at northyorks.gov.uk/ socialcareconsultation.
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