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Have your say on social care in Ryedale
12:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Ryedale are to be asked for their views on changes to adult social care policies in the face of major cuts in Government funding.
North Yorkshire County Council has proposed a review of the eligibility criteria for social care, in a move which would bring the county into line with almost every other local authority in England. It is also proposing to make some changes to the charges that people pay for community-based social services for adults, including increasing the amount that some people contribute.
County Coun Clare Wood (Cons),the executive member for adult social care, said: “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.
“But we are obliged to live in the real world, and very significant financial savings are required of North Yorkshire County Council as the Government tackles the economic deficit. Having said that, we are absolutely committed to the maintenance of the very best adult social care that we can fund. “For example, 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 of the apartments and for others – which help to ensure that people are enabled to avoid the need for social care wherever possible.
“In addition, our reablement programme has been hugely successful in looking after people who have undergone hospital or other NHS treatment, and has helped very many of them to avoid having to return for even more treatment.”
The council’s proposal to raise the threshold for social care intervention from “moderate needs” to “substantial needs” would bring North Yorkshire into line with 87 per cent of all other local authorities in England. Coun Wood said: “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.”
A public consultation event to discuss the proposals and to gather the views of local people will be held at the Friends Meeting House at Greengates in Malton, on Wednesday, October 2, 1pm-3pm. Booking is not necessary, although the council is encouraging people to register their intention to intend, so it can ensure there is sufficient space.
Places can be booked online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, by phoning the customer services centre on 0845 8727374 or 0845 6036391, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information and a consultation questionnaire can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation
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