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Consultation starts on North Yorkshire social care cuts
8:52am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
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.
Coun Clare Wood, executive member for adult social care, said: “The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which, in an ideal world, we would prefer not to have to make, but we are obliged to live in the real world and very significant savings are required.
“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, ranging from automated telecare devices to large extra-care housing developments, and our reablement programme has been hugely successful.”
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 yesterday and more information is available at northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation and 13 consultation sessions being held from next month.
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