Sefton abandons plan to offer cheap placements

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

A conditional placements offer made by the Merseyside borough of Sefton was withdrawn a week after it was made to nursing and residential home owners. Sefton had offered six-week placements of people needing care, funded by DSS benefits only. This would have equated to £126.90 a week for people over the age of 80. Paul Clitheroe, the principal contracts and commissioning officer for the Sefton social services department, wrote to contracted residential and nursing home providers in the area in September. “There are currently a number of people waiting in hospital for funding via (the) Social Services Allocation Panel to enable their discharge into residential or nursing home care,” Mr Clitheroe’s letter said. “I write to enquire whether you would be willing to accept placements of those people choosing to live in your home for a six week period funded from DSS benefit contributions only i.e. #*60-74 years*|£119.65 #*75-79 years*|£121.95 #*Over 80 years*|£126.90 “Should the service user wish to remain in y

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