Oxfordshire Carers' Strategy and Carers' Personal Budgets Consultation

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Oxfordshire Carers’ Strategy and Carers’ Personal Budgets Consultation, which ran from 22 August to 28 November 2016.

A total of 51 questionnaire responses were received (25 via the online portal and 26 paper questionnaires) as well as 6 responses in other written forms. Feedback was also gathered during three consultation workshops for carers, a workshop for service providers and a workshop at the Caring Matters Conference held at the Kassam Stadium on 25th November 2016.

A consultation report was produced at the end of the consultation and a response to the consultation provided. These reports, together with an updated Service and Community Impact Assessment (SCIA) and a report from the Director for Adult Services were submitted to the Cabinet meeting on 24 January 2017.

The agenda for the Cabinet meeting on 24 January included this introduction to the papers and the report:

“In February 2016, the Council agreed savings against carers' services totalling £660,000. This included a suggestion that savings could be made by introducing charging for carers' services.

It was found following investigation that the introduction of charging for carers' services was not viable and would not produce the savings required. Proposals for releasing funding by redesigning carers' personal budgets were developed, and these proposals were the subject of a public consultation, alongside the refreshed and updated version of the Oxfordshire Carers' Strategy.

The outcome of the consultation did not produce a single clear preferred option from those who responded. Therefore, a further alternative option for carers' personal budgets is proposed: a 'targeted' carers' personal budget of £300, jointly and equally funded by Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and payable to all eligible carers who have high needs.

In addition, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to fund an enhanced information and advice offer for all carers via direct electronic referral by a GP and input from an extension to the existing Oxfordshire County Council contract for the Carers Oxfordshire service.”

Cabinet members considered and agreed these proposals on 24 January 2017.

The report from the Director for Adult Services, the consultation report, the response, and the updated SCIA are all listed below and are in descending order above the original set of documents for the consultation.

This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    22 Aug 2016 at 17:00
  • Closed
    28 Nov 2016 at 17:00

Details

Contact Name Sally Latham
Contact Email Address carerssupportreview@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07881 268199