Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Review of the Contributions Policy

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Nicky Millard

Publication date: 22/11/2012

Review date: 01/06/2013

Departmental Manager Approval by : Richard Ellis

Departmental Manager Approval date : 21/11/2012

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

Hampshire County Council's Contributions Policy is a single policy for all non-residential services, for which the Council is permitted to charge, and temporary residential stays of up to 8 weeks provided as respite, ensures people are treated fairly and equitably. Contributions to a personal budget for social care are determined by a financial assessment of an individual's means.

Since the introduction of the Contributions Policy in August 2011 there have been several key changes made to the process in order to ensure that the implementation of the policy remains fair and equitable.

These changes include an additional assessment for people needing two carers that aims to reduce the cost to those individuals, as it was deemed unfair that in some cases, because health and safety legislation stated 2 people had to operate a hoist for example, the service user had to pay for both carers. There have been other operational changes to ensure those that pay the full cost of their care are not paying for care that they havent received. There are no specific service based groups that are more likely to be affected over others, however the changes have mainly been made to ensure the policy is fairer for those who pay the full cost of their care. Whilst we know that there are equality implications for those paying the full cost of their care, and we will pay particular attention to these groups throughout the consultation process to ensure that their views are heard. In particular, we will be proactively contacting those full cost care payers who have complained and lobbied full council on this issue, to seek their views on any new proposals for change.

The review will look at these changes, and the policy itself, as well as addressing concerns/comments from service users and staff, to ensure that the policy still meets its two main aims; to be fair and equitable.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

The review will consult with all the key stakeholders internally in order to shape the planning for the review. As part of the planning process key service user groups will be contacted in order to arrange times to engage them in the review.

Enagement will take place with the internal stakeholders and external service user groups, to ensure that all concerns/comments about the current policy are gathered from all those whom the policy affects. Engagement will take place with service user groups on their terms, therefore we will go to them and will ensure that all documentation, as well as presentation style, is accessible for all those who will be present.

Once the findings have been collated a series of recommendations will be made in a report that will be presented to the Executive Member and the Department Management Team.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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Disability: Impact : Low
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Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Low
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Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : Low
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Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Low
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : Low
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The actual process of carrying out the review will have a low impact on all groups. The involvement of service users will be by invitation, and will be subject to their agreement and on their terms.

Any impact on any group will be dependent on whether recommendations made as a result of the review are implemented, and of course that will depend on the content of the recommendation, which is currently unknown.

Conclusion

To ensure that the review of the policy produces meaningful recommendations for change, all key stakeholders will be given the same opportunity to comment on the exisiting policy, it's positive and negative traits, and to input any ideas they have for improvement.

One of the key stakeholder groups is service users. Service user groups have supported service users through change brought about by the policy, and were involved in the formal consultation before the current policy came into effect. Therefore it is appropriate to engage with them once more for their views, along with wider service user views, about the current policy.

In order for meaningful change to happen it is vital that the review consults with all the internal stakeholders, and indeed the service user groups who were involved in consultation before, the external stakeholders.

 

For more information please visit the Hampshire County Council Equality & Diversity web page.