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Increase to charges for Social Care
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reject the proposals to increase charges for social care for severely disabled people who are being supported to live in their own homes, either alone or with family, as we believe that such increases will impact negatively upon:

  • the quality of their lives and consequently on their health and well-being,

  • the health and well-being of their family carers leading to potential carer breakdown,

  • the sustainability of their home  placement resulting in higher costs across the health and social care system.

We note the additional monies provided by Government and raised through the social care precept but we recognise the ongoing pressure on social care budgets and welcome the announcement that a Green Paper will be published this summer 2018.  However, we consider that these proposals if enacted would cause hardship and stress to the most severely disabled people in our community and their families.  We therefore call upon the County Council to reject them.

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Friday, 5 January 2018
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Carers in Hertfordshire
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John de Marris
Nick Abbott
Jeannette Abrams
Brume Agbaire
paula Ager
Jason Ahluwalia
Shahin Ahmed
Sue Ahrens
Lucille Aiton
Catherine Akanbi
This petition has been reviewed and the following response has been offered:

Hertfordshire County Council has been working in the last few months to plan its budget for 2018/19 and beyond.   As with many councils that provide social care, the financial outlook is challenging.  As the petition indicates, Government is producing a Green Paper, and the council is seeking to influence proposals aimed at a sustainable financial settlement for the sector.

During 2017 officers reviewed the council’s charging arrangements for community-based adult social care services, as a result of which Cabinet agreed changes in five areas at its meeting on 22 January 2018:

Cabinet’s decision followed a three-month public consultation exercise which closed on 31 December 2017.

One of the five agreed amendments was the requirement to include the higher rate of AA or DLA[1] when calculating how much someone can afford to pay towards the cost of their care and support, where an individual has night time care and support needs which are being met by the council.  

In discussing this proposal the report noted that suggested amendments to AA and DLA[2] had seen the most disagreement in public consultation.


Mindful of this, when Cabinet considered the council’s Integrated Plan on 19 February, it made a recommendation that the Adult Care Services budget be increased by £310k.  This is a sum equivalent to the amount estimated to be generated by the proposal to include higher rates of AA and DLA in financial assessments for people with night time care and support needs that are being met by the council:

Members at the meeting of Full Council debated the petition at their meeting of 20 February 2018 and agreed the IP proposals, including the recommendation to increase the Adult Care Services budget by £310k.

Cabinet agreed in March to remove the requirement to include higher rates of AA and DLA when assessing the financial contribution that people with night time care and support needs can afford to pay:

The other amendments to the charging policy will be implemented as agreed in the Cabinet decision of 22 January 2018.

It is worth noting that the Government sets a minimum income guarantee to provide a safeguard within the system for calculating charges for adult social care.  As the new charging policy is implemented, advice and support will be provided to all those affected by the changes. For those people using a service who advise that the new charges will present real difficulty, a new financial assessment will be offered.  The council will help ensure they are getting every means of financial support available to them, as well as signposting to other services as appropriate.

[2] The proposal that was consulted upon was to include higher rate of AA and DLA when calculating financial contributions, regardless of when services are received.

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