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Consultation on Changes to the Fairer Contributions Policy


On Monday 14 November Barnet Council started a public consultation on proposals to change their Fairer Contributions Policy to ensure it is fair and prioritises support for those in greatest need. The consultation will run until Monday 6 February 2017.

These proposals are about fees and charges for community based (non-residential) care services which include: home care, day care, supported living, extra-care housing, direct payments and other services financially assessed under the Fairer Contributions Policy.

The proposals are to make the following three changes to the Fairer Contribution Policy:

1. Raise the maximum contribution for home and day care to reflect the current cost of care.

2. Include the full amount of Disability Allowance and Attendance Allowance as income.

3. Change the policy on guaranteed minimum income.

More details of these proposals can be found at engage.barnet.gov.uk. There you can find the consultation document, online survey, downloadable postal survey and Easy Read versions of the consultation document and questionnaire.

The consultation is open to all Barnet residents, anybody using adult social care services in Barnet, their carers and families and those that work with adults in the borough. There are a number of ways to share your views:

§ completing a questionnaire online at engage.barnet.gov.uk,

§ completing a paper questionnaire - available from engage.adults@barnet.gov.uk or by calling 020 8359 3289 (alternative formats available upon request).

§ attending one of the 4 drop in sessions to discuss the proposals and to get help to complete the questionnaire:

§ Thursday 24 November, 10am-1pm at Edgware Library

§ Thursday 15 December, 1.30-4.30pm at Hendon Library

§ Wednesday 11 January, 1.30-4.30pm at the Independent Living Centre

§ Tuesday 17 January, 2-5pm at South Friern Library.

The findings from the consultation will contribute to the final recommendations that are put forward to the Policy and Resources Committee in the spring of 2017, where a decision will be made on what to implement.