Fears that scrapping social care cap could see some vulnerable people in Leeds charged £7,200 a year more

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Concerns have been raised that the removal of a care cap will see some vulnerable people face paying up to an extra £7,200 a year for services helping them to stay at home.

Leeds City Council adult social care chiefs have revealed that in a handful of cases charges would almost double for people currently paying the £215 maximum weekly contribution for support if they scrap the cap.

Coun Peter Gruen, chair of Leeds City Council's health scrutiny board.

Coun Peter Gruen, chair of Leeds City Council's health scrutiny board.

The council plans to change the way it charges for services like day centres, mental health day services, home care and housing support, which some residents contribute to if a financial assessment finds they can afford to do so.

Officers told its health scrutiny board this week that charges would rise for 2,600 people in Leeds – 400 would see a rise of £50 or more – generating an extra £3.8million each year.

Coun Peter Gruen, chair of the board, asked whether any “hardship” arrangements would be put in place for those worst affected.

He said: “I think when you were talking of £50 to £100 per week increases that’s an awful lot of money for some people. It might be relatively few people but they seem to us to potentially face quite a large increase.”

Ann Hill, head of finance for adult social care, said of the people who could see their weekly contribution rise £50 or more, there are “quite a lot in the range of £100 or so, maybe up to £150, and once you get beyond that the cases are very few”.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, the council’s executive member for health, said the offer at present is “generous” but added that the cap is “not sustainable at that level”.

A consultation over the plans, which could be phased in from April, runs until December 11.