Great response to services review

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HUNDREDS of responses were received by Lincolnshire County Council during the consultation over changes to adult social services.

Changes to the way people qualify for care are proposed, leaving many concerned they will no longer be eligible for services.

But after a huge response from users of day care centres, such as Holmeleigh in Horncastle, supported living and short break facilities, LCC decided to delay its decision timetable in order to look at each contribution carefully.

The decision has been deferred from February until March 6.

More than 550 questionnaires were returned, together with more than 50 letters.

All of these views are being compiled into a report, together with feedback from more than 60 consultation events, staff, petitions and one-to-one feedback sessions.

This report will then go to the adults scrutiny committee before the next executive meeting for a decision.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for adult social care and supporting people, said: “We said at the start of the consultation that we were keen to hear everyone’s views and that nothing was off the table.

“The review has been prompted by people moving on to the national Personal Budget scheme and we’re seeing more choosing to spend money on things better-tailored to individual needs.”