Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday 11 October 2023 6.00 pm

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Declarations of Interest




Adult Social Care Charging Policy pdf icon PDF 196 KB

For the Health Scurtiny Committee to consider the proposed Adult Social Care Charging Policy.


Members previously received a presentation on the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and posed the following questions and discussion points on what was presented to them.


Was a phased implementation of the Adult Social Care Charging Policy been considered?


There was never a good time to change and increase the charging policy but it was done to match other organisations and the amount they charged.


Were there mitigations in place for those that would struggle with the changes?


Mitigations were put into place to ensure that the changes would not adversely impact people. The consultation showed that there were varied responses to the proposed changes.


Were discussions with the Committee part of the consultation process and did these help with the pre-decision of the charging policy?


The discussions with the Committee provided support in the pre-decision of the policy by acknowledging the views of Members and taking into consideration their recommendations.


Was there any positive feedback from the consultation on the changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy?


There were some responses that highlighted the rationale and understanding for the proposals.


Were those that received social care informed of the changes to the charging policy?


Every person that was in receipt of adult social care was informed via a letter of the proposed changes to the charging policy and urged them to provide feedback as part of the consultation.


With the changing financial climate, had officers gone to individuals to review that they were in receipt of everything they were entitled to?


The next stage of the process was used to review and support those individuals that had worked with  officers to ensure that they received everything that they were entitled to, however, the circumstances of each individual was different and had to be recognised.


Would officers work with voluntary organisations and charities to support residents to ensure that they were in receipt of everything that they were entitled to?


Officers would work with the voluntary and charity sector to support as many people as possible as well as provide signposting for support for different areas such as wellbeing and financial support.


Will everyone be reviewed as part of the process to the charging policy?


Residents and recipients were already being reviewed to ensure that they were receiving the correct benefits and support available and this would continue as part of the implementation. Officers highlighted that they were working with health colleagues as part of this process.


Members commented that partnership with Town and Parish Councils should be utilised to help support a greater number of people.


Had night-time care been considered as part of the financial assessment?


Night-time care had been recognised as part of the process when examining disability support.


Have other cases of changes to the charging policy been examined with legal consideration?


Members were informed that legal advice was used in the developments of the charging policy.


Did the local Integrated Care Board have the opportunity to respond as part of the consultation?

The local  ...  view the full minutes text for item HAC-15


Chair's Update


The Chair updated members that the next meeting was scheduled for 19 October 2023.