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What will changes to Adult Social Care mean for elderly people – will they get less support and have to pay more for services? What if they can’t afford it?

Adult Social Care will carry out an assessment to find out if an individual has eligible needs. The national eligibility criteria, as defined within the Care Act 2014, sets a minimum level for adult care and support needs which the Local Authority must meet.  If following an assessment, an individual has eligible needs then Adult Social Care will work with them to look at ways of meeting their needs. This may include support from family, friends, the community and, where appropriate, through the provision of services.

Individuals in receipt of support are financially assessed to see what level of contribution they need to make towards the cost of their care - individuals should only be required to pay what they can afford to.

There is a proposed reduction of approximately 4 per cent from current spend. This will be delivered through making people more aware of local support networks, improving independence through specialist support for those recovering from illness or injury, greater use of digital care technology, and more use of extra care accommodation.

There are some services that are currently provided free of charge or at subsidised rates, which the Council may charge for in the future. This would affect those who contribute to the cost of their care.