Proposed changes to the Council's Fair Contributions Policy

Closes 3 Dec 2019

Opened 11 Sep 2019

Overview

As a council with responsibility for social care, we must make sure that people who are eligible for social care have their needs met, within the financial resources available. At the same time, we must make sure that where customers meet the financial criteria to make a contribution towards the cost of their care, they do so in a way that meets current national regulations and guidance. We do this in a way which is equitable and fair and is clearly explained in policy statements.

Why We Are Consulting

What happens at the moment?

Social care is means tested. This means that everyone contributes what they can afford towards the cost of their care. This does not include services that are provided by the NHS, for example community nurses.

We want to make sure that we provide a fair service to all people who are eligible for Care and Support. We want those who can afford it to make a fair contribution towards the services they receive.

We are reviewing our Fair Contributions Policy and are proposing the following three changes, which we are consulting on:

  1. A change to the rate of Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to have a single standard rate of £23 per week, instead of having two levels as at present (£18 per week for people on the lower/middle rate of benefits and £28 per week for people on the higher rate of benefits)
  2. A change to the level of Older Person’s Standard Income Disregard (a deduction of £5.50 per week to the current standard rate) which would bring the Council in line with other authorities and Department of Health guidance
  3. A change to the current charging model for residential college charges, so that all affected customers are charged a reduced amount for their care provisions by charging under domiciliary (home care) rules

Before completing this questionnaire, please read all of the supporting information for this consultation, including the equality impact assessments, which you can access by clicking on the Related Links below.

During the consultation period, we are unable to tell people how these proposed changes may directly affect them. If the proposed changes are agreed, we will write to all service users to confirm what changes are being introduced following this consultation and will let them know what, if any, changes will be made to their financial contributions towards their care and support.

Have your say

Events

  • Fair Contributions Policy Consultation Public Event - Riverside Resource Centre, Towcester

    From 25 Sep 2019 at 16:00 to 25 Sep 2019 at 18:00

    Consultation event open to the public to hear about the proposals from the Portfolio Holder for Northamptonshire Adult Social Services and the Assistant Director of Adults Finance Operations, ask questions and to give feedback. There is no need to book on to these sessions, but if you are planning to attend and have any special requirements that would help you to attend, please let us know by calling 01604 365020 or emailing FairContribPolicy@nass.uk.net

    Address:

    Riverside Resource Centre
    Islington Road
    Towcester
    NN12 6AU

  • Fair Contributions Policy Consultation Public Event - Patrick Road Resource Centre, Corby

    From 9 Oct 2019 at 15:30 to 9 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Consultation event open to the public to hear about the proposals from the Portfolio Holder for Northamptonshire Adult Social Services and the Assistant Director of Adults Finance Operations, ask questions and to give feedback. There is no need to book on to these sessions, but if you are planning to attend and have any special requirements that would help you to attend, please let us know by calling 01604 365020 or emailing FairContribPolicy@nass.uk.net

    Address:

    Patrick Road Resource Centre
    Patrick Road
    Corby
    NN18 9NT

  • Fair Contributions Policy Consultation Public Event - Gladstone Road Resource Centre, Northampton

    From 6 Nov 2019 at 15:30 to 6 Nov 2019 at 17:30

    Consultation event open to the public to hear about the proposals from the Portfolio Holder for Northamptonshire Adult Social Services and the Assistant Director of Adults Finance Operations, ask questions and to give feedback. There is no need to book on to these sessions, but if you are planning to attend and have any special requirements that would help you to attend, please let us know by calling 01604 365020 or emailing FairContribPolicy@nass.uk.net

    Address:

    Gladstone Road Resource Centre
    Gladstone Road
    Northampton
    NN5 7EJ