Have your say on community care charges

Public Consultation July 18 2011 to October 10 2011

People that receive community care services from Hackney Council are being asked for their views on plans to change how much they pay towards their care.

The Fairer Charging Policy consultation is aimed at those who use services including help at home with preparing food or with washing; people that attend day care centres and those in receipt of personal budgets. Carers, service providers, Council staff, partners and residents are also being consulted.

The Fairer Charging Policy follows national guidance on how local authorities charge for non-residential care services and it is calculated by taking into consideration service users’ disposable income and benefits.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture says: "Hackney Council currently has one of the lowest charging policies in London for its community care services but we have not reviewed our charging policy since 2002. Our main aim is to protect those who are unable to pay for their care and ensure that those who can contribute towards the cost of their care do so."

The consultation begins on July 18 and will run until October 10. Service users will receive information packs directly to their homes and information will be available on the Council website, at public access points and in other Council publications. The documents will also be available in a variety of formats: in alternative languages on request; in an easy read version, in Braille; Large Print; and on disk.

People can give feedback to the consultation via the Hackney Council website: or and selecting “Fairer Charging Policy”. They can also send their views via email: or by telephone: 020 8356 6244.