Saturday 5 March 2011
Birmingham City Council has announced that it has ditched plans to restrict it’s access to social care to people with "critical personal care" needs, which would have been the highest adult care eligibility threshold in the country.
The decision not to go ahead with these plans was taken after concerns were raised in consultation about the impact on younger disabled adults. However, the council will increase its threshold from substantial to critical, a move that will exclude people who cannot carry out the majority of personal care tasks or family roles from support.
The council said it wanted to provide citizens with a "new offer" for adult care, in which all would receive information, advice and signposting to appropriate services and access to preventive support such as telecare, equipment and carers support.
"Social care needs radical reform; we can’t go on as we are and still meet the changing needs of an ageing population," said Sue Anderson, the council’s cabinet member for adults and communities. Many people now live long and active later lives so a system designed in the 1940s is simply not sustainable."
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