Why care has to change...

THE council has defended the need for changes to care services and higher charges.

Spokesman Bob Metcalfe said he would do everything possible to ensure that as many people as possible got the help they need.

But he said: “If we are to ensure the council can continue to afford to make these services available, we have to look at the criteria under which people are entitled to receive them.”

The council has four categories of need for people requiring home help – low, moderate, substantial and high – and is one of only two councils where care services are available to people in the lowest category.

Increased demand has led to rising costs and a review has suggested raising the banding to moderate with a further review in the autumn.

“People with low- level needs will still be able to get the full range of information and advice about services along with support such as careline, meals on wheels and small items of equipment,” said Coun Metcalfe (Lab, Town).

He will recommend changes to the eligibility criteria at Calderdale Council’s monthly meeting on February 16.

Other changes and increases in fees are subject to approval at the budget meeting on February 28.