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What does the Care Act mean to North East Lincolnshire?

The Care Act 2014 is one of the biggest reforms to the UK social care system in over 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support.

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with both the Council and focus to prepare for these significant changes, most of which come into force on 1st April 2015.

Emma Overton, Care Act Implementation Manager, North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Services in North East Lincolnshire have many years of good practice to build on. Although the legal basis for their delivery has changed, most service users won’t experience a significant difference in the services they receive”

Local people currently in receipt of care and support services will not need to be re-assessed because of the new Act. Service users will be contacted at the time of their usual annual review and can discuss any queries they may have at that time. If people feel their needs have changed before this, they can contact the Single Point of Access for Adult Health and Social care on 01472 256256.

One area where service users may experience a change is in the charges they are asked to pay. The new legislation means the Council has to develop a new policy that gives local meaning to the revised national requirements on charging for care and support. A number of options are being considered and the public can have their say on these by visiting here.

Local residents are also invited to attend an open afternoon at Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby (next to the Heritage Centre) on Wednesday 18th February between 12 and 4pm. Emma Overton will give a presentation on the proposals and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. For more information please contact Emma on 0300 3000 662.

Emma also commented: “Unlike NHS services, adult care and support services have never been free at the point of delivery. Although the Council is considering proposals which may mean that those that can afford it pay more for the care and support they receive, people can be assured that the fundamental principle of charging – that people will not be charged more than the law says they can afford to pay – has not changed. No one will experience a change until their annual financial review, at which time their individual situation will be discussed with them.”

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