The Conservative led Council consultation on increasing Home care charges to vulnerable residents will be coming to an end on 9September. The results are due to be discussed at a meeting of the Adults and Children’s Committee held at Guildhall on 29 September at 7.30 pm.
Councillor Tricia Bamford, Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Adults Social Care & Health explained:
“The Leader of the Council and his Conservative front-benchers have been pretty stubborn about pushing on with these cuts that will see vulnerable residents charged more for their Home care. Back in March when they set the budget for the year ahead, they slashed £1.5 million from the Adult Social Services budget whilst swiping £138,000 from the Home care budget for vulnerable people. “
Residents are means tested to see who can and cannot contribute to their Home care charges. Residents assessed as able to contribute to their care currently pay 75% of their available income towards their Home care charges. The consultation is proposing a staggering 25% increase which would see residents forced to pay a full 100% of their available income.
Also costs of £250 to £300 are to be introduced by the Conservative Administration for a one off Arrangement and Management fee for residents who are able to pay the total costs of their care.
Councillor Bamford continued:
“The Liberal Democrat Opposition Team made it clear in our budget amendment that this cut to the vulnerable was unacceptable but our amendment was voted down. The truth is the Tories do not have to cut £138,000 from Homecare Charges - they are choosing to do so. Don’t forget the Conservatives put up Council Tax by 2% (reneging on their manifesto promise.) The 2% precept allowed by the Government had to be spent on social care and raised in the region of £1.665m for Kingston.”