West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2017-11-13
End date: 2017-12-24
Results: 2018-01-15

[ARCHIVED] Amendments to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy

Have your say on our proposed changes

This consultation is closed.


There is a national shortfall in the funding of Adult Social Care. We've decided to include the Adult Social Care Council Tax precept in our annual budget, however there is still a gap between the amount of income we have available, and our expenditure on Adult Social Care provision.

The government introduced the Care Act in 2014. Certain elements of the Act are statutory and others are discretionary.

In our current charging policy we don't include the full amount of benefit income in financial assessments, where we don't provide an element of night time care. (See page 9, point 5.2.1 of our charging policy).

However, under the Care and Support Statutory Guidance, Annex C, point 16, the government allows for the full amount of income benefits, including Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, to be taken into account when considering what a person can afford to pay towards the cost of their care, including support in a care home.

Legislation requirements

The Care Act 2014

What are we proposing?

To amend the Adult Social Care Charging Policy to include the full amount of Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance in all financial assessments from 15 January 2018.

This will bring in additional annual income of approximately £270,000.

What do we think the impact will be? 

This proposal will directly affect Adult Social Care's 216 clients. Some individuals will have to contribute more to their care costs, whilst others, who currently pay nothing, will now contribute towards their care.  We are writing to those clients whose contributions will change to advise them how they will be affected.

Please refer to the pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) [332kb] for more details.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We have considered reducing funding for long-term support and prevention services, which would impact on a greater number of individuals and therefore further increase demand on Adult Social Care services.

We are also considering increasing the rental income from the Adult Social Care Resource Centres.

Why we want your views

We would like to hear from you as to how this proposal could potentially impact on you and on the wider community. In particular, we would be interested in any views you have on how we can minimise the impact of this proposed change.

All feedback will be considered and an Individual Member Executive Decision will be made on 10 January 2018.

Please note: Twitter and Facebook posts will not be considered as a valid response. Please use the link below to take part in the consultation.

What you told us

There were 58 responses to the consultation
  • 36 individuals disagreed with the proposal
  • 2 didn’t know
  • 3 neither agreed or disagreed 
  • 7 agreed with the proposals
  • 10 skipped the question all together
The main comments from the responses were that the increase in charges would create financial hardship.

What we did

On 21 December 2017 the Executive Committee decided to delegate responsibility of considering consultation responses and making the decision to amend the Adult Social Care Charging Policy to include the element of Disability Living Allowance care or Attendance Allowance that is in payment to individuals where the council are not providing night time care, to the Head of Adult Social Care and Councillor Rick Jones, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care.

On 11 January 2018 it was decided by Delegated Officer Decision, to amend the charging policy to bring it in line with the Care Act guidance and bring additional income into the Adult Social Care budget.

The council will monitor and review the impact of this proposal on equalities.

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