Homecare capped at £50 a week in Wales
People in Wales who receive homecare and other non-residential social services will pay a maximum charge of £50 a week for these services from 11 April 2011 following the introduction of a landmark Welsh law.
The maximum charge is part of a wider £10.1m per annum ‘First Steps Improvement Package’, being introduced in Wales.
Currently, there is a wide variation in the charging undertaken and in the level of charges set by local authorities in Wales.
In Wales, more than 66,000 older and disabled people receive community based social services – such as homecare, day care and other non-residential services – each year. About 14,000 people, who rely on these services to be able to live independently at home, are charged for them.
The ‘First Steps Improvement Package’ will:
– prohibit local authorities from charging for the provision of transport to day centres;
– make the existing statutory elements of the Fairer Charging Guidance mandatory. These provide financial safeguards for those on low incomes;