Survey is part of review on charging

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

Buckinghamshire County Council may change its criteria for the way it charges for homecare, and has issued a survey to care service users and taxpayers to determine whether people with more income should be charged more for the sam,e service. Buckinghamshire provides about 24,393 hours of homecare per week, most of which is provided by the independent sector. Other questions in the survey include: – Should people be charged the full cost or a proportion of the cost for the service they receive, depending on their ability to pay? – Should there be a maximum weekly amount that anyone should pay? – Should an individual¹s savings be taken into account and, if so, should there be a cut-off point? In November last year, the Department of Health issued Fairer Charging Policies for Home Care and other non-residential Social Services – Guidance for Councils with Social Services Responsibilities, stating that local authorities should disregard earnings when carrying out eligibility assessments. The guidance, which aim

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