October 10, 2008

Views on Social Care Sought

Care for elderly and disabled people will come under the spotlight at a public meeting later this month.

The council meeting has been organised as the Government stages a consultation exercise on the future of services to help people lead independent lives in their own homes.

Bath North East Somerset Council's healthier communities panel is holding the event on Wednesday October 15.

Items under discussion will be social care, some housing support services, support for independent living for disabled people, and benefits that help with the extra costs of disability in later life.

People will be asked to express views on how care and support should be paid for in future, how responsibility should be shared between agencies and the public, and whether more support should be given to those with low incomes and assets.

The meeting will take place between 2pm and 7.30pm at the Guildhall.

The panel will hear from a range of invited contributors from local voluntary organisations, housing trusts, and care networks, but B&NES says it is keen to hear residents' views on the future of care and support services too.

Anyone can either come along just to hear the issues being discussed or can register to speak by contacting the council's democratic services team on 01225 394452.

There will be two sessions for public contributions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

The Government's vision can be found at www.careandsupport.direct.gov.uk.

Chairman of the panel, Cllr Adrian Inker (Lab, Keynsham South), said: "Care and support is an issue for everyone. From meals on wheels to occupational therapy, any of us might need care and support services at any time. It is important that as many individuals and groups as possible make their views known to Government through this process."

People unable to make the meeting can still make your views known between now and October 24.

They should email [email protected]; write to Overview and Scrutiny, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, marking your envelope "Care and Support"; or use the council's website www.bathnes.gov.uk.

The panel will put together a response on behalf of local people, which it will submit to the Government.

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