County councillors today rejected proposals to increase service users’ contributions to adult social care in Cambridgeshire.
The Adults Committee rejected three proposed changes to the council’s Fairer Contributions policy:
- take enhanced rate PIP into account when calculating contributions towards non-residential services
- introduce financial assessments on adults receiving short-term respite accommodation
- charge a weekly fee for appointee services (where the council manages income and pays bills for vulnerable adults who cannot manage their own money or don’t have family to do this for them
However, one change will go ahead – making direct debit the default payment option to pay adult social care invoices.
Before the comittee debate and vote, Pinpoint CEO Sarah Conboy addressed the Shire Hall meeting to voice concerns over the disproportional impact the changes would have if they went ahead.
Said Sarah: “It’s a good result and the consultation response was clearly well-heard.”
Also addressing councillors was Carers’ Trust Cambridgeshire chief executive Miriam Martin, who had voiced concern over the changes.
Healthwatch and Rethink, who also campaigned against the proposals, attended as well.