Contributions to care
People are living longer, and as our population ages many will need support in their everyday lives. But while the number of people needing care rises year on year, the national budgets to pay for their care do not.
The county council wants to make sure it can sustain good quality care services tailored to individual needs while making the best use of reduced budgets in a way which is fair to everyone.
At the end of 2010 we carried out a public consultation. We asked Staffordshire's residents for their views on how much people in the county should contribute towards the cost of their care.
As a result of their feedback, and other extensive research, Staffordshire County Council has created a new policy called 'Partnerships for Care'. This sets out how much people should contribute towards any care they receive:
Partnerships for Care policy (222 Kb)
This new policy starts from 8th August 2011, and the changes will be phased in over the next three years to minimise their impact on people currently receiving care.
Many users will not be affected by the changes, but if you think you will then our Frequently Asked Questions page is a good place to start. You may also find this summary useful:
Summary showing what's changed from the previous policy (20 Kb)
By making these changes now we believe we can create stability for the future. This will help us to focus on those who are most in need of support. It will also help us to make sure we continue to invest in a wider range and greater choice of services.
For more detailed information and related links and publications visit this page:
A detailed look at the changes
These factsheets will also help you to understand the changes:
Information about funding (236 kb)
Types of care (331 kb)
State benefit entitlement (231 kb)
What if I own my own home (330 kb)
Income capital and outgoings (316 kb)
Types of charges that apply (330 kb)
If you still have a question please call the Partnership for Care helpline number – 0300 111 8009. You can find alternative contact points in the Contacts channel.