Find out what the Care Act means for you and tell us what you think
People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked to come and hear information about and give views on the Government’s new Care Act, which is changing care and support for the better and becomes law in April 2015.
The Care Act will help to make care and support, the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have, more consistent across the country.
Care and support can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends or family. Whether a person is receiving support at home or living in a care home, the Care Act is designed to put the individual in control and make it easier to make plans for care and support now, and in the future
The Council is now seeking people’s views about two areas of the Care Act where it has a choice about how it can implement the new law’s requirements.
The first area is about the way the Council charges for non-residential care and support services. The Council does not propose to make any change in to what it charges people now for these services.
The second is about introducing a new deferred payments scheme to help people pay for their care.
Details about both these changes and more information about the Care Act, including an online form for people to give their views, are at www.telford.gov.uk/careact
A range of voluntary and social care advocacy groups are also helping to spread the word about the Care Act in the borough to people and carers who use their services.
There are also two public drop in information events at which anyone is welcome to come to and talk with council social care staff about the Care Act and to answer the questions the Council is `asking
• Monday February 23, 6pm - 7.30pm, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre
• Friday February 27, 10am – 11.30am, Meeting Point House
People can also give their views on the questions the Council is asking locally on the Care Act by
• Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
• Write to FREEPOST RTKJ-KGJA-ASXU Community Participation Telford & Wrekin Council Darby House Telford TF3 4JA
• Calling 01952 382131
All views must be made to the Council by 15 March.
Councillor Arnold England, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: “The Care Act will affect all those needing care or caring for others, so it’s vital that we hear people’s views as we create our policies that will help implement this new law.
“I hope as many people will get involved and tell us what they think and begin to understand the changes that will come from the Care Act as it is implemented in two main stages this year and then with further changes in 2016.”