Thursday, August 08, 2019
New charges for Lancashire County Council's day centres are to be introduced.
At its meeting today, (Thursday 8 August) the county council's cabinet approved proposals for new fees for people who pay for the services themselves. The move follows a consultation earlier this year.
The current rates were introduced five years ago, but no longer cover the actual cost of providing the services.
Following the consultation, the cabinet decided to phase in the increases. On 1 October, 50% of the increase will be introduced with the remaining 50% being introduced on 1 April 2020, when Government pensions are due to rise.
This means that fees will typically increase between £3 and £5.50 in October and again by a further £3 to £5.50 in April 2020.
Phasing the increase in this way will give people more time to consider their care options.
More than 620 people use the county council's day centres for older people and 218 people currently pay for the service themselves.
The rest of the people who use the centres have their fees paid as part of their social care package and the rates they pay are unaffected by this change.
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "The tough financial challenges we face mean we have had to look again at fees and charges for some of our services.
"The current day centre rates have remained unchanged since 2014, when they were brought in.
"They have not kept pace with the actual cost of providing care, which has risen considerably over the past five years. This is largely due to the increased and sometimes complex needs of people who attend our day centres.
"It is vital we staff to a level to keep people safe and well cared for, and increasing the fees so they cover the actual cost of delivering the care is a key part of this.
"We know that some people will want to reconsider their care options, which is why we're phasing in the new fees.
"This will give people the opportunity to plan their care when they know the rate of their Government pension increase for the new financial year."
Lancashire County Council runs 13 day centres that offer support for older people and people living with dementia.
Activities at the centres include everything from mobility exercises and independent living support, to crafts and discussion groups. (See notes for editors for a list of the day centres run by the county council)
County Councillor Gooch added: "Our day centres provide a fantastic service for older people and people living with dementia.
"They offer a range of activities and give carers the opportunity to take a break from their caring role.
"The costs of using these services still compares well with independent day centres in Lancashire and similar services provided by other councils across the country."
On 1 October 2019, there will be initial fee increases as follows:
• From £31.30 to £34.40 per full day for older people to use the council's day services.
• From £35 to £38 per full day for older people to use the council's day services with transport to and from the centres.
• From £54.75 to £60.15 per full day for older people who have dementia to use the council's day services. These costs reflect the additional staff support needed.
• From £58 to £63.50 per full day for people who need additional support for dementia to use the council's day services with transport to and from the centres.
The second phase of increases on 1 April 2020 will be as follows:
• From £34.40 to £37.45 per full day for older people to use the council's day services.
• From £38 to £41 per full day for older people to use the council's day services with transport to and from the centres.
• From £60.15 to £65.50 per full day for older people who have dementia to use the council's day services. These rates reflect the additional staff support needed.
• From £63.50 to £69 per full day for people who need additional support for dementia to use the council's day services with transport to and from the centres.
The fees will be reviewed and adjusted each year to ensure they continue to cover the actual costs of delivering the services.
To view copies of the cabinet report, visit our cabinet page
For more information about the county council's older people's day centres, visit our day centre page
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