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Have your say on Sandwell Council’s Adult Social Care Contributions Policy

Published 14th June 2022

Sandwell Council is currently reviewing the charging model for community-based and respite adult social care services.

The council is proposing a range of options for calculating how much people should contribute towards the cost of their care and support to ensure that vital services continue to be funded effectively. The pressure to fund adult social care is a growing national issue and the current model in Sandwell is no longer sustainable. The three options being consulted on will all bring us more in line with other local authorities.

In 2021/22 the net expenditure on Adult Social Care was £75.8 million, which represented 30% of the Council’s expenditure on services.

Cllr Suzanne Hartwell, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Social Care, said:

“Unlike health, social care isn’t usually free. We use a large part of the council’s budget to support vulnerable adults with care and support needs and must charge contributions towards these costs to help us deliver services to those who need it. We also want to ensure we do this in the fairest way possible.

“We are carrying out a consultation on proposed changes to our Adult Social Care Contributions Policy which looks at three possible options. We want to gather a wide range of views to ensure people who use our services inform and shape any decisions we make.”

The consultation runs until Sunday 28 August 2022.

Find out more about the consultation documents and surveys.

Drop-in sessions are being held for anyone who would like to discuss the consultation in more detail.

They are open for anyone to attend between 10am to 12 noon on Thursday 30 June, or between 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday 13 July. Find out more about the venue details.  

Anyone who would like to know more can email: Contribution_consult@sandwell.gov.uk.