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Launch of the Adult Services – Fair Access and Charging Consultation 15 February 2013

As part of the broader Department of Social Care (DSC) Adult Services Rebalancing Programme, the DSC is launching a consultation to invite comments on proposals for the introduction of a Fair Access to Care Service (FACS) framework and changes to charging for adult care services.

The proposed changes aim to enable a fairer and more transparent system of assessment and charging for adult social care services to be introduced.

Minister of Social Care Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK said:

“As part of the Adult Services Rebalancing Programme, the Department aims to develop an approach to care provision that will be sustainable in the face of a growing and ageing population. The proposed changes to Fair Access to Care Services and Charging will provide greater fairness and transparency ensuring, the Department is clear in the way it assesses those eligible for support and the charges to be made for the provision of social care services to meet that assessed needs.”

The changes are intended to promote the following principles:

  • People will have equal access to services regardless of their age or the nature of their needs;
  • People with the greatest needs will have priority;
  • The support people receive will help them maintain their choice, independence and inclusion in society;
  • People using similar services will be charged more equitably.

The public consultation will run for six weeks ending at 5pm on Tuesday 2 April 2013.

More information on the proposed changes is available:

There are a number of ways to make sure your views are heard:

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