Not all councils see people with learning disabilities as a money bank that can make up for Government cuts and the council tax freeze.
Inverclyde Council's charging policy income for learning disabilities is only around £8K per annum. In one of neighbouring authority we know of a single couple who pay more than £8k themselves every year for their care charges.
According to my records Inverclyde has hardly changed the way it charges people in the last 3 year.
- Day opportunities service (McPherson/Fitzgerald/Outreach service) make no charges with the exception of lunch costs.
- An exemption was requested within Supported Living Services for some service users due to receiving lower levels of benefit as compared to those in the 24/7 service who pay a charge.
- Service users who receive Independent Living Fund payments are exempt as they already pay a contribution for services via ILF.
- Service users on a Community Treatment Order or under Adult with Incapacity legislation are also exempt.
- There is a charge for Homecare, Respite and residential care based on the care management and assessed needs.
- Blue badge provision is currently charged at £2.05 for three years but is currently under review UK wide with a prediced increase yet to be set.