Paying for care to change in Hampshire

Posted on 01 March 2011

Four out of ten people paying for care in Hampshire will see their fees increase if proposed changes go ahead.

Hampshire County Council is likely to put up costs for 36,000 elderly, disabled and vulnerable people who are paying for social care in the county, Get Hampshire reports, generating an additional £5 million for the local authority.

Ken Thornber, Conservative leader of the county council, told the newspaper that it is not "fair or consistent" to charge some people for some services.

"We recognise the sensitivities relating to the issue of paying for adult social care and the cabinet will want to ensure that any new policy is applied consistently and fairly across Hampshire," he commented.

A consultation of 1,500 service users found that six out of ten supported the introduction of a single contributions policy.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that the Care Quality Commission is to provide "excellence ratings" for facilities for the elderly, which could affect the decisions of people paying for long term care.

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