Care consultation event in Harrogate

County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton will be 100 years old on Tuesday January 31.
County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton will be 100 years old on Tuesday January 31.

People in Harrogate are to be asked their views on proposed cuts to funding for adult social care.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), committed to saving £92m by March 2015, has proposed a review of the eligibility criteria for social care.

It says the changes would bring it in line with most other local authorities in England, but it is also proposing to bring in more charges for community-based social services.

“The changes upon which we want to consult the public are things which in an ideal world we would prefer not to have to make,” said County Coun Clare Wood, executive member for adult social care. “But we are obliged to live in the real world.

“Very significant financial savings are required of North Yorkshire County Council as the Government tackles the economic deficit.

“Having said that, we are absolutely committed to the maintenance of the very best adult social care that we can fund.”

The council’s proposal would raise the threshold for social care intervention from “moderate needs” to “substantial needs”.

“We should also remember that the Government is proposing a national minimum threshold similar to the current ‘substantial’ threshold within the next few years in any case,” added Councillor Wood.

Two public consultations are to be held to discuss the proposals.

These will be at the Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate, between 1pm and 3pm, and 6pm and 8pm, on Wednesday, October 9.

Booking is not necessary, although the council is encouraging people to register their intention to intend, so it can ensure there is sufficient space.

To book or to find out more about the consultation, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialcareconsultation, call 0845 8727374, or email customer.services@northyorks.gov.uk.