Many of us will have spend time, talking and working with disabled residents in our areas. Often the factors that impact their day-to-day living are varied and complex. Here is a council motion that picks out a particular aspect – the cost of living – that we may not always consider. This motion can be easily modified to reflect the situation in your area and highlights an important but sometimes overlooked issue.
This Council notes that:
- The Charity Scope have created
a Disability Price Tag that calculates the average additional monthly income
that a disabled person would need in order to achieve the same standard of living
as a non-disabled person. They have calculated that on average, disabled people
face extra costs of £583 a month related to their impairment or condition, even
after receiving welfare payments designed to help meet these costs.
- For one in five disabled
people, extra costs amount to over £1,000 per month.
- It is £528 per month for one
disabled child in a family and £823 for 2 or more disabled children in a family.
- Whilst accepting that the
statutory guidance provides an indicative list of disability-related
expenditure examples and it is not possible for the list to be comprehensive,
as it will vary from person to person, residents have expressed concern over
gaps in the Council’s Disability Related Expenditure policy such as what
happens to a physically disabled couple that become parents.
- The Government has met the Local Government Association’s call for £1 billion of funding nationally for Adult Social Care in the next financial year.
The Council believes that:
- The incorrect assessment of
needs and implementation of charging policies causes unnecessary distress and
anxiety to people the council should be supporting.
- Vice President Hubert Humphrey was right when he said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Therefore, this Council agrees to
- Review its Adult Social Care
charging policies to ensure that gaps in advice can be closed so that there is
clarity of information being given to the public.
- Undertake an urgent
assessment of the effect of the Council’s Adult Social Care charging policies over
the last three years to understand what effect those policies have had on
vulnerable and disabled people across Norfolk.
- Request the Executive Director of Adult Social Services to submit that assessment to the full council meeting on 20 January 2020.