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Views sought on social care cuts as council bids to save £66m
COUNCIL bosses have begun a public consultation on possible adult social care cuts as part of a £66 million savings battle.
North Yorkshire County Council is considering removing social care support for those classed as having “moderate” needs and changing the amounts residents pay for community-based social services, which would see some payments rise.
The proposals are part of a potential wider savings package, which could also include reducing the amount the council pays to subsidise bus services, following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The authority must save £92 million in the four years to 2015, but has warned a further £66 million will have to be cut by 2019.
“The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which, in an ideal world, we would prefer not to have to be make, but we are obliged to live in the real world and very significant savings are required of the council,” said Coun Clare Wood, executive member for adult social care.
“Having said that, we are absolutely committed to the maintenance of the very best adult social care we can fund. North Yorkshire has a wide range of very successful measures in place, ranging from automated telecare devices to large extra-care housing developments which help ensure that people are enabled to avoid the need for social care wherever possible.
"In addition, our reablement programme has been hugely successful in looking after people who have undergone hospital or other NHS treatment, and has helped very many of them avoid having to return for even more treatment.”
The council said raising the theshold for social care intervention from “moderate” to “substantial” needs would align it with 87 per cent of English authorities. The consultation began today, with more information at northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation and 13 consultation sessions being held from next month.
These will be held at:
* October 1: Galtres Centre, Easingwold, 1pm-3pm.
* October 2: Friends Meeting House, Malton, 1pm-3pm.
* October 3: Herriot Hotel, Skipton, 1pm-3pm.
* October 7: Allerton Court, Northallerton, 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm.
* October 9: Cedar Court, Harrogate, 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm.
* October 14: Regen Centre, Riccall, 1pm-3pm.
* October 15: Falcon Manor, Settle, 1pm-3pm.
* October 21: Falsgrave Community Centre, Scarborough, 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm.
* October 25: Simon Stone Hall, Hawes, 1pm-3pm.
* November 5: Sneaton Castle, Whitby, 1pm-3pm.
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