At the request of local residents affected by Kingston’s consultation on charges for social care services, the council’s Executive Member for Healthy Living and Adult Support services has agreed to extend the deadline for responses by four weeks.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Penny Shelton said: “I believe the council has done a great deal to make this consultation process as thorough and inclusive as possible. But it of upmost importance that all residents affected by this issue feel they have the time and opportunity to respond. At the request of local residents, I am happy to extend the consultation period until 1st February 2011.”
“This time frame will still allow the results to feed into the council’s budget process in February.”
Cllr Shelton also explained that she has requested for two further public meetings in January, scheduled for:
- Friday 14th January 2011, 11.00 – 13:00 (venue TBC)
- Friday 28th January 2011, 2.30 – 4.30 (Queen Anne Suite, Kingston Guildhall)
She said: “We will be writing to all users and stakeholders to let them know the consultation has been extended and that they can still get their views to us.”
Kingston Council has already written to every user of local domiciliary services to inform them of the consultation on increasing social care charges. They have sent out over 800 questionnaires and explained the plans to a wide range of local voluntary groups.
All of the consultation information is available on the council’s website and the questionnaire can be completed online.
RBK has run six public meetings which were advertised in the local free newspapers. Council officers have said they are also happy to meet with any individual or group with concerns.