Consultation on revised fees for social care

Date 17/10/2016

Consultation on revised fees for social care

The Welsh Government’s Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, provides new guidelines on how local authorities should charge for Social Care Services in Wales.

 In response to the requirements of the Act, Gwynedd Council has prepared a series of recommendations regarding the way the authority raises fees on individuals who receive social care services, and the Council is eager to receive comments on the proposals. The aim is to ensure that the fees set are based on people’s ability to pay.

 Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Care said:

 “The Council is facing continued cuts in the funding received from the government to maintain local services. This means that there is no option but to look at the way we provide services and to consider if there are new ways of creating income so that we can continue to deliver other vital front-line care services.

 “Due to the scale of the cuts we face, it is no longer an option to protect care fees entirely from the changes as this could lead to further and deeper cuts to other services provided within the social services field. Presenting changes to non-residential care services would help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the services, and indeed, what is currently being considered in Gwynedd is already being implemented by a number of other Welsh local authorities.

 “It is important to note that there would be no change to the statutory services vulnerable individuals receive from the Council. What is being considered is to ensure that the non-residential care fees are based on people’s ability to pay.

 “Our aim is to ensure that the service is as sustainable as possible in this period of continued cuts the Council receives from the government. We are eager to hear the views of service users and the wider public. The comments received during the consultation will be considered in detail before a decision is taken on the way forward.”

 The Council is contacting all service users to encourage them to take part in the consultation that will be open until 11 November 2016. Comments on the recommendations can be presented by completing a questionnaire:
Online: www.gwynedd.gov.uk/chargingpolicy

Paper copy: Paper copies can be picked-up from your local library or Siop Gwynedd.