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Series of meetings over proposed adult social care charges
1:52pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A COUNCIL seeking to save £92m in four years will hold a series of public meetings over a plan to charge on a means-tested basis for all community-based social services.
North Yorkshire County Council's executive has approved proposals to limit giving social care to those with "substantial" needs, rather than those whose needs are judged as "moderate", such as people who need help to prepare a meal.
The council said the move would bring North Yorkshire into line with 87 per cent of local authorities in England.
Charities, including Age UK, have warned the proposed review of eligibility criteria for social care could increase the overall cost to the public purse of looking after the county's rising elderly population.
Councillor Clare Wood, executive member for adult social care, said: “The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which in an ideal world we would prefer not to have to make.
“But we are obliged to live in the real world, and very significant financial savings are required of North Yorkshire County Council as the Government tackles the economic deficit.”
The consultation, information on which can be found at northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, on the proposals began today (September 2) and will close on November 25.
Consultation events will be held at the Galtres Centre, Easingwold, on October 1, from 1pm; Allerton Court hotel, Northallerton, on October 7, from 1pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 8pm; Cedar Court hotel, Harrogate, on October 9, from 1pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 8pm; Simon Stone Hall, Hawes, on October 25, from 1pm to 3pm and Sneaton Castle, Whitby on November 5, from 1pm to 3pm.
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