Cornwall elderly and disabled face care costs

Thousands of elderly and disabled people in Cornwall will be charged for care in a bid to cut costs.

Cornwall Council is to means test people about their capital as well as their income from benefits and savings.

About 2,000 more people whose means are above a set level could be affected but the level will vary according to a person's expenditure.

"If people can't afford to pay they won't be expected to pay," said Councillor Judith Haycock.

Day care charge

As portfolio holder for adult health, she said: "The assessments are a good opportunity to make sure people are getting all the benefits they are entitled to."

The changes include scrapping a £250 ceiling on people's weekly care contributions and were approved by the council's Cabinet.

A report to the Cabinet said removing the £250 ceiling will save £750,000 in care costs.

Other approved measures include charging people for day care if they are above the means test level, with an estimated annual extra income of £300,000.

The authority also expects to save £300,000 by removing free transport from those above the means test level.

The measures are part of the Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition unitary authority's plan to slash £12m from adult health care and are due to come into force next year.

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