Council Motion: Adult Social Care Charging Policy

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.

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