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FAIRER CHARGING CONSULTATION 28 th May – 26 th August 2012 LINSEY VINCENT – Project Manager EDD TILLEN – Consultation Support Officer.

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1 FAIRER CHARGING CONSULTATION 28 th May – 26 th August 2012 LINSEY VINCENT – Project Manager EDD TILLEN – Consultation Support Officer

2 INTRODUCTION Fairer Charging Policy Sets out how much people are charged for social care services Ensures people are charged in a fair and consistent way A Financial Assessment ensures that no one has to pay more than they can afford

3 INTRODUCTION Proposed Changes 1.Changing how much we subsidise payment for all non- residential services 2.Changing how we charge for Housing Related Support 3.Ensuring we charge in the right way for Extra Care Housing 4.Working out how we should charge for Assistive Technology

4 BACKGROUND The Story So Far… 2002 – Fairer Charging Policy approved 2009 – Fairer Charging Policy reviewed (including Personal Budgets) and approved Feb 2012 – Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) approved Mar 2012 – Approval to consult on a review of Fairer Charging Policy May 2012 – Consultation begins

5 IDEA 1: REMOVING SUBSIDIES What Happens Now Non-Residential Services (i.e. Day Care, Home Care, Personal Budgets, Carers Services) The Council pays towards the cost of some services 17% subsidy for Personal Budgets Unlimited subsidy for Day Services (people pay a flat rate of £20 per day) No Subsidy for Home Care Services Subsidy is taken off before Financial Assessment is completed

6 IDEA 1: REMOVING SUBSIDIES The Idea Make all subsidies the same Budget wont allow us to increase subsidies, therefore… We want to stop paying all subsidies People who can afford it may have to pay the full (100%) cost of their services

7 MARYS EXAMPLE ServiceCost Weekly Cost Subsidy Final Charge 4 hours Home Care £13 per hour £52 per week 0% (£0) £52 per week 3 sessions Day Care £40 per session £120 per week 50% (£60) £60 per week Total Cost: £172 per week Total Charge: £112 per week Assessed Charge: £50 per week Mary Receives… ServiceCost Weekly Cost Subsidy Final Charge 4 hours Home Care £13 per hour £52 per week 0% (£0) £52 per week 3 sessions Day Care £40 per session £120 per week 0% (£0) £120 per week Total Cost: £172 per week Total Charge: £172 per week Assessed Charge: £50 per week New Charges

8 JOHNS EXAMPLE Service Personal Budget Cost Subsidy Final Charge Personal Budget £172 per week 17% (£29) £143 per week Assessed Charge: £143 per week John Receives… Service Personal Budget Cost Subsidy Final Charge Personal Budget £172 per week 0% (£0) £172 per week Assessed Charge: £172 per week New Charges +£29 per week

9 IDEA 2: HOUSING RELATED SUPPORT What Happens Now Supporting People Services – Practical support to help people live independently Recipients do not have to be eligible for Social Care Services Simple Financial Assessment Housing Benefit = No charge, no other income is taken into account No Housing Benefit = Possible charge, based on all income

10 IDEA 1: HOUSING RELATED SUPPORT The Idea Keep Simple Financial Assessment – Simpler process for a simpler service Take all income into account, including Housing Benefit

11 EXAMPLE IncomeAmount Housing Benefit£80 per week Employment and Support Allowance £178 per week Disability Living Allowance £77 per week Total Income:£335 per week MaryJohn IncomeAmount Private Income£225 per week Total Income:£225 per week -£110 per week

12 IDEA 3: EXTRA CARE HOUSING What Happens Now An alternative to Residential Care Specially adapted housing with access to 24 hour support, usually included with the cost of the accommodation If additional support is required (like Home Care or Day Care), any charge is worked out using the Fairer Charging Policy This method has not been formally consulted on yet

13 IDEA 3: EXTRA CARE HOUSING The Idea Continue using to use the Fairer Charging Policy to work out charges Continue to charge people in Extra Care Housing in the same way that we charge anyone who lives in their own home

14 EXAMPLE There is no change to how we currently charge. This is about confirming that how we charge is the fairest way.

15 IDEA 4: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY What Happens Now Equipment that can help keep people safe and secure in their own homes Often installed by HART (Maximum of 6 Weeks) – No Charge People often want to keep the equipment after the HART service No charging policy yet

16 IDEA 4: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY The Idea If person is eligible for social care services, then charge based on the Fairer Charging Policy as part of a bigger package of care If they are not eligible for care, then… One off charge for installing the equipment; and/or One off charge for removing the equipment; and/or Weekly charge for monitoring and maintaining the equipment; and/or Weekly charge for having someone available to respond to an alarm

17 EXAMPLE TechnologyInstallationMonitoringResponderRemoval Lifeline Alarm + 3 Sensors £40 one-off£2.50 per week£1 per week£40 one-off

18 GETTING INVOLVED How to Take Part Questionnaire Events 1 st August – 2:30pm-5:30pm – Loughborough Town Hall 9 th August – 2pm-5pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm – Parklands Leisure Centre, Oadby 14 th August – 2pm-5pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm – Tigers Stadium, Leicester

19 EXAMPLE Any Questions? We may include these on the Frequently Asked Questions found at

20 CONTACT US Linsey Vincent Edd Tillen

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