Proposed Changes to Bromley Council Social Care Charging and Introduction of Personal Budgets

As you will have read in our current Bulletin newsletter Bromley Council is consulting on changes to its Personal Budget and Personal Contributions Policy for Adult Social Care – in other words how much they will charge people to use social care services.

This is important stuff, with serious implications for many people.  You need to read the rest of this post.

Funding for social care services is changing nationally, with the introduction of personal budgets and direct payments for anybody who is eligible for social care support from the Council.

Some of you will already have received information on this directly from the Council. The proposed changes, if agreed, will come into effect from May. The proposals will affect many people receiving social services in the borough. The consultation runs until the 28th February 2011, so please make sure you have your say now.

What is the Council proposing?

Proposals include:

  • Introduction of a charge for services such as laundry, shopping, holiday breaks or day services. These have previously been provided to most people ‘free’ of charge
  • Higher charges for some services such as home care, Telecare and Care Link (the community alarm system)
  • Some people with disability related expenses (DRE), such as incontinence laundry costs, will receive new flat rate allowances. DRE will be calculated on a standard rate rather than on a case by case basis
  • Charging people who are not eligible for a personal budget £10 per day to use day services

The full list of consultation documents can be found here. They include a fact sheet, a questionnaire and easy read versions of the paperwork.  Scroll down the right hand column and click on the list entitled Documents.

These changes are significant and will affect many people. The changes will affect people differently depending on their level of need, their use of social care services and their ability to pay.

Two public meetings – 1 for disabled people and their families and 1 for older carers – have been arranged which will offer you the chance to have your say on the proposals and ask questions directly to Council Officers. The meetings will be held in Room G8, Community House, South Street, Bromley BR1 1RH:

Disabled People and their Families – Monday 21st February 2011 at 2pm

Bromley LINk, in partnership with Bromley Mencap, is hosting this meeting to look at how the proposals will affect people with a learning or physical disability, mental ill health or who have a sensory impairment. All are welcome. Attending from Bromley Council will be Angela Buchanan, Head of Programme Management, who is leading on the consultation and an Officer involved in the financial assessment of service users.

Older People/Carers – Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at 2pm

Bromley Council on Ageing, Carers Bromley and Age Concern Bromley will be hosting this meeting to look at how the proposals will impact on older people in the borough. Lorna Blackwood, Assistant Director of Adult and Community Services, will be attending to answer questions

If you would like to attend either of these meetings, and if you have any support or access needs to enable you to attend, please contact LINk: Tel: 020 8315 1982, Email: admin@bromleylink.org

Any comments or completed questionnaires on the consultation should be sent to Emma Maton emma.maton@bromley.gov.uk