Norfolk looks to relatives for top-ups

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Norfolk County Council has warned that if it does not receive increased funding from central government to fund care homes, residents and their families will have to pay more themselves to meet the deficit. John Sharples, chairman of the Norfolk Joint Care Partnership, said the council was particularly worried because it has the fastest growing elderly population in the country. “Unless millions of pounds more each year are invested into social services, it simply isn’t going to be possible to meet the region’s increasing needs,” said Mr Sharples. Chris Mowle, cabinet member for adult social services, said that without increased investment future needs could only be met by part-funding beds, with service users picking up the remaining costs. “It is already happening,” said Cllr Mowle. “In some cases we can only meet some of the cost and the remainder is met by users, and that is a situation I would envisage becoming more widespread over the next five to 10 years.”

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