Adult care services cost hike to be ‘phased in’ by Derbyshire County Council

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.

An increase in the amount people will pay towards adult care services from Derbyshire County Council is to be phased in to cushion the impact of the change, if councillors agree.

The phasing-in proposal will be considered by the council’s cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday.

They are part of measures which will change or reduce the council’s adult care services, including services for older and vulnerable people and adults with disabilities, as part of an overall plan by the council to meet £157 million of budget cuts by 2018.

It could be phased in over a two-and-a-half-year period, which would mean people paying towards their care at the `standard’ rate would see an increase from £27.22 to £35.39 per week in October 2014. This would rise to £38.11 in April 2016 and to £40.83 in April 2017, based on the current level of benefits. This will increase in line with the increase in benefits.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult social care, Coun Clare Neill said: “Due to the massive budget pressures facing the council as a whole it is inevitable that some of our adult care services will be affected.

“The stark truth is that, if the cabinet decides not to cut one particular service, we will have to make a bigger cut somewhere else.

“If cabinet agrees, I believe spreading the increased contributions people make towards care will lessen the impact of the change.”