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Consulation on Non-Residential Contribution Policy and (b) Deferred Payment Policy.

Bromley Council are doing a consultation. We want to hear your views!

Click here for the easy read version to part A.  There are 2 parts to this survey.

This consultation will affect:

  • Non paid Carers as they may have to pay for services they receive from the council –  Contribution Policy
  • Disabled people may have their money reduced that they use to pay for extra heating, laundry (washing bedsheets) and be expected to pay  with maintenance costs for specialist equipment in their homes –  Contribution Policy
  • Older people going into residential care Deferred Payment Scheme Policy .  Please note that  the Deferred Payment Scheme Policy survey is being conducted online as no current service users will be affected.

If you are a current service user and contribute towards your care you should have already received this information in the post from the council.  If you did not receive this you can find all this information and an easy read version on the mylifeportal website.

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 Contribution Policy and the Deferred Payment Scheme Policy.

The main points of this survey are:

For easy read version

1. It only affects people who currently (or who will in the future) pay towards the cost of their care – i.e. those who have savings over £14,250

2. It is proposed that the Council will charge an administration fee (referred to as the ‘arrangement fee’) to anybody who has over £23,250 in savings and who asks for the Council to arrange and administer a package of care for them

3. It is proposed that if the Council is providing a service directly to someone who cares for someone else and is not paid (known as a carer), the Council will charge that carer the full cost for the service they receive – subject to a financial assessment

4. It is proposed that people who currently receive a reduction in their current charges due to having additional living expenses as a result of their disability – this is known as Disability Related Expenses (DRE) – will see the following changes:
a. The reduction on the social care charges for people who are on middle rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the standard rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or the low rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) will reduce from £11.00 per week to £5.50 per week
b. The reduction on the social care charges for people who are on higher rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or the higher rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) will reduce from £16.48 per week to £11.00 per week
c. However, service users who have disability related expenses above the standard allowance can receive an individual assessment by submitting an appeal and evidence of their expenses

5. It is proposed that the Council will charge people for a service from the day that they start to receive that service

All feedback has to be received by 5pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015. The feedback and results from this period of engagement will be presented to the Council’s Care Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee during week commencing 23 March 2015. The changes will be implemented from 6 April 2015.

For more information you can contact Michael Watts  Tel: 020 8461 7608 | E-mail: michael.watts@bromley.gov.uk