We have a duty to involve our customers in decisions that affect them and the area they live, work or study in.
As well as local people and service users, our customers include local businesses, voluntary groups and visitors to Sandwell.
Have your say on our Adult Social Care Contributions Policy
We are reviewing how we charge for community-based adult social care and respite services as part of our annual budget setting process.
We need a new way of calculating how much people should contribute towards the cost of their care and support to ensure that we can continue to fund vital services effectively. This may affect how much people must pay towards the cost of these services in future.
We are consulting on three proposed options to gather as many views as possible before any decisions are made. The consultation will run from Monday 6 June – Sunday 28 August 2022.
What are these charges for?
Unlike health, social care isn’t usually free. The amount of financial support we can give to someone depends on their level of need, and their finances. We use a large part of the council’s budget to support vulnerable adults with care and support and must charge contributions towards these costs to helps us deliver services to more people, in the fairest way possible.
How you can have your say
We are carrying out a survey to gather feedback and will be holding two ‘drop in’ sessions (dates and venues below).
You can access our consultation documents, including an accessible plain text version of the survey, frequently asked questions and Charging Policy on our website. You are also invited to complete our survey online.
If you would like to know more, or if you need information about the consultation in another format, please email us at: Contribution_consult@sandwell.gov.uk. You can also call our charging team on: 07766603769 to discuss this.
Drop in sessions
We are running the following sessions for anyone who would like to discuss the consultation in more detail or share their views about what the proposed changes might mean for them.
Venue: Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE
Time: 10am – 12 noon on Thursday 30 June
Venue: Wednesbury Town Hall, Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury WS10 7DF
Time: 3pm – 5pm on Wednesday 13 July.
You will only need to attend one of these events and can drop in any time during the session.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
The Sandwell pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) is a report which aims to make sure there are enough pharmacies in the right locations providing the right services for Sandwell residents. The report identifies whether there are any unmet pharmaceutical needs or gaps in services and produces recommendations to strengthen pharmaceutical services in Sandwell. Your feedback on this report is important to ensure that the information contained in the report, including the conclusions and recommendations, accurately reflect the current pharmaceutical need and service provision in Sandwell.
A copy of the PNA report is available to download.
You can provide feedback on this report by completing a short online survey. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 8 July. All information provided will remain anonymous and kept strictly confidential.
For any questions about the PNA or to request paper copies of the report and questionnaire, please contact us via PNA_2022@sandwell.gov.uk
We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in the consultation process and providing us with valuable feedback.
What happens next
Once the consultation period closes, the feedback and comments from the consultation will be considered and amendments made to the PNA as necessary. The Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board will publish the final PNA report in October 2022.
Statutory consultations go on from time to time. These range from proposed road closures to changes in licensing laws.
Community Infrastructure Levy
As part of the council's commitment to the voluntary and community sector, and to help ensure the council responds positively to good ideas coming from residents, local community and voluntary organisation’s, Sandwell Council can now offer Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) grants to community groups across Sandwell.
Any funding application received for CIL requires a public consultation for a period of 14 days before a decision can be made.