Bid to cut care cash for adults

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Councillors at Derbyshire County Council will next week discuss proposals which could reduce its adult care services in a bid to save £157 million by 2018.

The authority currently spends £206m on adult social care and says it needs to reduce what it spends of vulnerable adults by £60m by 2018, due to cuts from central Government.

The council said it has consulted the public on three proposals to meet the shortfall and will consider the views of the public before it makes any final decisions.

The authority is considering raising its qualification threshold so only people with substantial needs would qualify for social care.

The council is also considering increasing the amount of money people pay towards their own care, and introducing a flat-rate fee for all related transportation.

The responses, along with a detailed report on how vulnerable groups could be affected, will be considered by cabinet on Tuesday 17th June.

Coun Clare Neill , cabinet member for adult social care said: “We have to acknowledge that this will have a big impact on adult care services.”