Charging reforms for adult social care being trialled in Oxfordshire


A cap will limit the cost a person pays for their care to £86,000

Oxfordshire County Council is set to lead the way with a new adult social care charging system which puts a lifetime cap how much individuals will have to pay for their personal care.

The county council will join five other local authorities in England who have already been selected to pilot the reforms.   The Council’s experiences will help shape the national approach to implementation across the rest of the country.

The changes were announced by the government in September 2021.   They include a ‘care cap’ limiting the amount that individuals will have to pay for the cost of their care to £86,000. Oxfordshire residents will be able to start metering for their care from January 2023, ten months earlier than previously planned.

Councillor Tim Bearder, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We know reform in adult social care is needed to remove the unpredictable care costs people face as they get older. Oxfordshire is a national leader in adult social care and being a part of this small group of early adopters gives us the opportunity to influence how the programme will be rolled out and share our best practice with national government.”

Minister for care and mental health, Gillian Keegan, said: “It’s great to have Oxfordshire join our trailblazers to implement the charging reform early. Oxfordshire, along with our other trailblazers will pave the way, ensuring we learn from any insight, evidence and lessons to help providers and local authorities across England in the future. We’re looking forward to working with them to make the ambitious change a reality.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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