Adult Social Care Charging Policy Consultation

Consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Adult Social Care charging policy - ended 15 December

Cambridgeshire County Council has been consulting on proposed changes to its Adult Social Care charging policy. (Find out more about the Fairer Contributions Policy.)

The consultation has now closed.

What is the Adult Social Care charging policy?

The policy explains how the Council works out what people should pay towards the cost of their council-funded care and support, based on their ability to pay.

Many people who receive social care support receive disability benefits which are paid specifically to help people pay for their care and support.

People can either use their benefits to arrange and pay for their care and support privately or they can use them to pay for care and support arranged for them by the Council.

Why does the Council wish to make changes to the policy?

Since the introduction of the Care Act 2014, local authorities have been allowed, subject to protected guaranteed minimum income levels set by the Government, to charge for certain non-statutory adult social care services. Also councils are able to take into account higher levels of some disability benefits in the charging calculation – and the majority of councils across the country have subsequently introduced such changes.

When Cambridgeshire County Council reviewed its charging policy two years ago it made no changes at that time. However, since we last looked at this issue the financial situation has changed and the pressure on our Adult Social Care budget is increasing. The introduction of the five proposed changes to the Council’s Adult Social Care charging policy would help the Council limit the impact of these financial pressures without reducing or withdrawing vital frontline and prevention services that help keep people living independently for as long as possible. 

Therefore, the Council has been consulting on five proposed changes to its Adult Social Care charging policy. 

When did the consultation take place?

The consultation ran from Monday 23 September to Sunday 15 December 2019.

 As part of the consultation the Council wrote to those who may be affected by the proposed changes to the policy to seek their views.

People had the opportunity to complete a survey online or to print out and complete a copy of the survey (which was also available in large print and Easy Read versions).

A Frequently Asked Questions document was provided.

The Council held events around Cambridgeshire to explain the proposed changes and provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and express their views. These events were:

  • Monday 14 October, 10.00 am – 12.00 midday, Orchard Park Sports Centre meeting room, Ring Fort Road, Cambridge CB4 2GW
  • Monday 28 October, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Ely Community Centre, High Barns, Ely, Cambs CB7 4SB
  • Wednesday 6 November, 5.00 – 7.00 pm, The Medway Centre, Medway Road, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1SF
  • Thursday 14 November, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Hub meeting room, The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6GW
  • Tuesday 19 November, 10.00 am – 12.00 midday, March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March PE15 8LE
  • Wednesday 11 December, 7.00 – 9.00 pm, The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ

 What happens next?

The Council will consider the consultation feedback when making a decision on the proposed changes to its Adult Social Care charging policy at its Adults Committee meeting on 16 January 2020.

If you have any queries please contact: 

Adult Social Care Charging Policy Consultation
E-mail: ASC.Consultation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01223 743777
Address: Box no: SH1217, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP