We are reviewing our charging policy. This is our policy about how we charge people for a contribution towards the cost of their adult social care and support service.
We already charge some people. The reasons for the review are to make sure that the policy:
The Care Act provides a single legal framework for charging and for recovering debts. It says that when a council arranges care and support to meet an adult's needs, it may charge them unless the law says the care and support must be free of charge. In cases where we may charge, we must only ask people to pay what they can afford. So some people will be entitled to financial help based on a means-test, and other people will be entitled to free care and support.
We want to make sure that the way we charge for care services in Dorset reflects what the Care Act expects.
The review includes a public consultation to encourage you to have your say about the decisions that can be made locally by our county councillors.
We have produced a questionnaire to gather your views about some possible changes to the charging policy. The questionnaire launched at the beginning of December 2016 will be open for you to respond until 13 February 2017. Find out more and fill in the questionnaire here.
If you have any questions about this consultation, or you would like another way of completing the questionnaire, such as a paper copy or a large print or 'easy read' version, please email or telephone 01305 221085.
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