Nottinghamshire County Council reverses disability cuts after additional £9.5m funding boost

Nottinghamshire County Council has postponed disability cuts after receiving £9.5m of additional ‘one-off’ government funding.

The changes will be gradually phased in so that full implementation will not be until November 2019.

In October, the council declared it would take more disability benefits from 862 disabled people in the area which as caused many disabled people and families to struggle to pay for care.

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A statement from the County Council said that the revised contribution policy would bring Nottinghamshire in line with other local authorities.
It said: “The County Council faces significant challenges in meeting increased demand for its care services whilst absorbing significant reductions in the amount of funding available.

“We have listened very carefully to the concerns expressed, by some of those affected, regarding the timeframe allowed for the introduction of the new policy.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, chairman of the adult social care and health committee, said: “I must emphasise that this is one-off funding, but we are using the short-term flexibility this offers within our budget to bring the changes in more gently.

“It does not alter the overall purpose of the policy, which is to ensure a fair and sustainable long-term approach to individual contributions that are consistent with the rest of the country.

“If we didn’t introduce this, we would only put at risk other critical services we provide.”

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