Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Thousands consulted on care issues in Thurrock

A THIRD of the way through Thurrock Council’s consultation on adult social care changes more than a hundred representations have been received.

With eight weeks still to go, the council is confident the consultation will prove a success.

It is asking people’s views on four proposals concerning – Day care, Extra Care Housing, a new charging regime, and no longer providing items of equipment or adaptations costing less than £50.

Councillors on the Health and Well-being Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussed the consultation at their meeting on Tuesday (13 October) evening.

They heard that all 2,800 service users had been written to personally.

In addition, briefings are due to be held with staff and trade unions in the next month and consultation workshops and drop ins are being held by Thurrock Coalition, and Healthwatch Thurrock.

The consultation is available online via the council’s website (thurrock.gov.uk) and clicking on Have my say and also in hard copy and an easy-to-read format by calling 01375 652868.

The committee is expected to look at it again in January once results are in, but chair, Cllr Graham Snell said he was pleased with progress so far.

He said: “We spent time looking at the proposals last month. It is now the time for the good people of Thurrock to have their say before we discuss it further.”

After the meeting he added: “It is crucial everybody affected has the chance to make suggestions and have their say.

“That’s why I am pleased vulnerable residents can be supported in having their say and, despite its complex issues, the consultation is quite easy to understand.”


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