In early March, agreement was reached at the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for a new adult social care charging policy to be developed.

Cornwall Council are now ready to launch a consultation period for the draft policy which has been developed in partnership with Healthwatch Cornwall and other voluntary and community groups.

It is imperative that Cornwall Council get resident’s views on this policy. At the moment there is a lot of confusion around how adult social care is paid for, with many people assuming that, like the National Health Service, care and support is free of charge. Unfortunately though, unless you qualify for financial assistance people will have to pay towards their care.

You will be able to feedback online, via telephone or by post. Cornwall Council are also currently monitoring the situation on social distancing and the current lock-down measures and hope to have some face-to-face sessions in August, so long as it is safe to do so. They are also planning some live online engagement sessions throughout July.

Please share information on this, making sure as many of our residents as possible have the opportunity to have their say.

More information is available on the council’s website:  https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adult-social-care/paying-for-adult-social-care/consultation-on-draft-adult-social-care-charging-policy/