A total of 641 questionnaires were completed and returned, which represents a
response rate of over 20%
Proposal 1- reduce the standard amount of DRE
Nearly half (48%) of those who responded to this question disagreed with the
proposal. A quarter (25%) agreed with the proposals. A further quarter (26%)
did not have a view. This showed a fairly strong disagreement towards this
Proposal 2- disallow items which should be provided by the NHS
Marginally more people agreed with the proposal (41%) than disagreed (37%),
with the remaining 22% not having a view. This suggests a fairly even split in
Proposal 3- disallow items which are in excess of those deemed
necessary to meet eligible care needs
More people disagreed with this proposal (43%) than agreed to it (32%), with
the remaining 25% not having a view or not answering the question.
Impact of a £10 increase to the weekly charge
Half of people (50%) responded that an increase of £10 to their weekly charge
would affect them a lot, including how much they have for essential things. A
further 9% of respondents indicated that they would consider stopping the Adult
Social Care services they receive. 13% would be able to manage the increase,
with 19% being affected a little (including how much they have for ‘extras and treats’). 11% of people did not answer this question.
The Deputy City Mayor, Lead for Adult Social Care has considered the findings of the consultation and decided not to change the current arrangements.
The council will therefore continue to allow the following towards disability related costs:
A minimum of £20 a week for a single person
A minimum of £15 a week if you are one of a couple
No changes to the list of items which count as disability related expenditure.
However, due to central government funding cuts, this may need to be looked at again in the future.
Thank you to everyone who gave their views on the consultation.