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Cuts to North Yorkshire care and support services under the spotlight
CUTS to care and support services for adults in North Yorkshire will be under discussion at a public consultation event in Easingwold in October.
North Yorkshire County Council are asking for views on plans to save money by changing adult social-care provision in the county, which they say have been forced upon them by major Government funding cuts.
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 financial savings are required of North Yorkshire County Council as the Government tackles the economic deficit.”
A public event to discuss the plans and gather the public’s views is now planned for Tuesday, October 1 from 1-3pm at the Galtres Centre in Easingwold.
In a move which could save £1.4million per year the council is proposing is a change to eligibility criteria for care services, meaning adults will need to be in “substantial” rather than “moderate” need to have access to some services.
“Substantial” is the second highest of four levels of need recognised by NYCC but raising their threshold will bring them into line with other councils and a planned Govenment national minimum threshold set to be introduced in the coming years, County Coun Wood added. Other plans include increasing the amount people pay for services like home care and day centres.
The council hopes to raise upwards of £740,000 by changing the means-testings system, charging people who need two care workers for both care workers, and by starting to collect smaller charges of less than £5 which they have previously not thought it was worthwhile enforcing.
More details of the public consultation are available online from www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation.
Booking is not necessary for the Easingwold event but the council is encouraging people to register either online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, via phone 0845 8 72 73 74 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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