Kirklees Council Adult Care Offer consultation
Kirklees Council are consulting about potential changes to adult social care and how we decide what care and support someone may need.
We are changing the way we do things because people tell us they want help to live independently and lead positive lives, make their own decisions, and have choice and control. We are also making sure we spend public money carefully, because people are living longer and the demand for adult social care is expected to grow by at least 30% in the next 10 to 15 years.
You can take part in the Adult Care Offer consultation to let us know what you think. The consultation is open from 22 March to 17 May 2018.
We’re asking questions about our proposals and the impact they may have on you and your family. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what you think about the support we provide, how you’d like to access information, and how we can best support your needs.
About our Adult Care Offer
Our approach meets the requirements of the Care Act 2014, which is an important law that makes the council’s responsibility clear about providing care and support for people.
We want to help people live independently and well by working with people’s strengths. This will include making use of the support available to people from their family, friends, neighbours and the community. We know how important community organisations are and we are working with them so they are more able to provide support. We will also continue to support carers, help people to recover their independence after a period of crisis, illness or injury, and continue to provide information, advice and training.
About the proposed changes
We are proposing to make changes to how we decide the amount of money and social care support that people receive from the council. We use something called a Resource Allocation System to do this. The proposed changes may affect adults who are eligible for social care from Kirklees Council, now and in the future.
We are proposing to develop clear guidance to make sure that direct payments are used effectively to help meet people’s care needs. A direct payment is where someone receives an amount of money to arrange the care they need, rather than the council or another organisation arranging it for them. The proposed changes may affect children and adults who receive direct payments from Kirklees Council.
We are also proposing to use the internet more to enable people to tell us things or get information from us, and we’d like to know what you think about that.
How to take part in the consultation
An organisation called Public Perspectives are carrying out this consultation on behalf of Kirklees Council. There are a few different ways you can take part:
- Adult Care Offer consultation – take part online
- Request a paper copy, easy read version or alternative format of the questionnaire to meet your communication needs
- Take part in a focus group
- Take part in a telephone interview
To request a printed copy or an alternative format, to get advice for participants whose first language is not English, or for more information, please contact Public Perspectives on Freephone 0800 533 5386 (this number is free to call from landlines or mobile phones) or email: Kirklees@publicperspectives.co.uk
We will also be consulting with key partners such as the health service and social care providers, as well as social care staff.
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Cllr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Adults said:
“As a population we are living longer and with the right support many of us will be able to remain independent and be less reliant on traditional social care. This means our social care offer needs to change so it is fit for the future. These proposals aim to recognise people’s strengths and make social care fairer, more appropriate and sustainable. Supporting the most vulnerable in our communities is at the heart of everything we do.”
What happens next?
All of the feedback we receive will be considered by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet later in the year. No decisions will be made until after the consultation.