Residents are being encouraged to have their say on Peterborough City Council proposals to change funding for care services.
The city council are holding a consultation on whether to change the criteria on how people qualify for care support.
Currently people who request council-supported care are assessed and their needs are ranked in one of four categories - critical, substantial, moderate and low. Supported care is provided for people with needs considered to be critical or substantial and also those classed as high moderate.
The consultation could result in people who are classified as high moderate being unable to claim support.
The proposals also include changes to other related services, including meals on wheels.
The changes being considered are necessary because of multi-million pound cuts to the funding the city council receives from Government. The city council has seen a £15 million reduction in funding over the past two years, which is expected to rise to £25 million by 2015.
People can have their say at a number of focus groups taking place in Peterborough this month.
There will be five events at the Deafblind Centre, Cygnet Park, Hampton, and two city centre consultation events which will take place at Westgate Church, Westgate, Peterborough.
Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We don’t want anyone to have to pay more for the care they receive, but we have to rethink the way we provide services to ensure that the money we have available to provide care is spent on those with the greatest need. Year on year we are receiving less money from the Government but we have to continue providing key services such as adult social care.”
Focus groups sessions:
Sessions will take place at the Deafblind centre in Hampton on:
Friday, January 11 at 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm,
Tuesday, 15 January, between 7pm and 9pm,
Friday, 18 January, between 1pm and 3pm,
Thursday, 24 January from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and
Friday, 25 January from 10am to noon.
A city council spokeswoman said: “The DeafBlind Conference Centre is accessible by public transport. The number 6 bus route from Queensgate to Hampton College stops just a short distance from the centre, at a bus stop adjacent to Cygnet Road on Phorpres Road. People accessing the centre by bus will need to walk 100 metres along Cygnet Road and the conference centre is on the right.”
How and where to have your say
The city centre groups will take place on Tuesday, 29 January and Thursday, 31 January both between 2pm and 4pm.
People can provide their views and comments by emailing ASCConsultation@peterborough.gov.uk or in writing to Jana Burton, Assistant Director Care Service Delivery, Adult Social Care, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1FA.
People can also make their views known by calling 01733 864666 and leaving a voicemail.