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Rises to care costs in Warwickshire

Shire Hall, the headquarters of the county council

Shire Hall, the headquarters of the county council

Radical changes to the amount people across Warwickshire are paying for services such as respite care, night care and disability support have been put forward.

The county council is aiming to cut £600,000 per year off its adult social care budget by 2017-18 - which means it will have to introduce higher and new charges for its services in this area, including some as high as £15 an hour.

Proposals for new charges have been put forward, which, if agreed, will be introduced on eight services, including a service for full-time carers called Take A Break, for which charges will be £7.77 per hour from November and increase to £15.54 per hour in April.

Costs for ‘waking’ night support will go up to £6.90 per hour in November and £13.91 per hour in April, while costs for ‘sleeping’ night support will increase to £2.23 per hour in November and £4.46 per hour in April.

Other areas for which charges will be changed are respite care, 24-hour support and learning disability support.

In her report to the council’s adult health social care’s overview and scrutiny committee, Ann Mawdsley, senior democratic services officer at the council, said: “Removing subsidies would make charging arrangements fairer fundamentally, and the application of the means test means that no customer would pay any charges that are not assessed as being affordable to them.”

A ten-week consultation will be taking place before any changes are made.

To find out more, call (01926) 410410.

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