Only people with ‘substantial’ needs will qualify for council support for adult social care in Derbyshire as part of efforts to save £60 million by 2018.
Members of Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet have agreed to change who qualifies for council care and support at home by raising the eligibility threshold for ongoing support from ‘higher moderate’ to ‘substantial’ level.
Other changes will increase the financial contribution people make towards their own care, with residents with over £50,000 in capital, excluding their main home, having to pay all of their own costs. Service users will also be charged £5 per day for transport to day care services and other activities.
A new report will go to cabinet next month for consideration before final decisions are made on the amounts people may be asked to pay.
Council adult social care cabinet member Clare Neill said: “The county council is facing massive budget pressures like never before and the sad fact is that we have no choice but to make cuts to some services. It is a sad day for me and for Derbyshire County Council but we have been left with little choice but to make these cuts.”