The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) are running a consultation on its Contribution-based Charging Policy for Adult Social Care until the 12th of July 2015.
LCiL is encouraging all our supporters to respond to this consultation as the local authority considers changing its policies for charging disabled people for aspects of their social care.
You can access the consultation on the CEC’s consultation webpage here which lays out a number of questions for people to respond to on the issue of the charging regime applied by the local authority in Edinburgh.
LCiL’s own response and background information can be viewed by clicking here or downloaded as a Word document here: CEC care charges consultation which spells out some of the key issues that disabled people face as a result of charging for social care services as well as addressing some of the rhetoric which the local authority uses in it’s consultation papers.
You are welcome to use this as a basis to help inform your response.
The issue has received a lot of attention in recent months, with the national campaign group Scotland Against the Care Tax (SACT) (link to their website) taking their petition to the Scottish Parliament on the point of people being charged for social care. See link below to Scottish Parliament’s Petitions’ Committee meeting on the 9th of June which addressed progress of this: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_PublicPetitionsCommittee/Meeting%20Papers/20150609_Papers.pdf
You may also want to sign this petition online at Change.org which SACT have set up based on CEC’s consultation: link to the petition here.