Papers published for February's meeting of Thurrock council's Cabinet (Wednesday 10 February) contain proposals for an increase to the full hourly charge for domiciliary care services in Thurrock in order to secure the future of the service and increase pay to care providers.
The report, due to be presented by Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for children's services and adult social care, will propose the hourly rate that can be charged for these services increase from £13 per hour to £17.06 per hour, but vitally it will be phased in over the next 3 years to allow people the time to adjust.
Cllr Halden said: "As our care services continue to provide high quality care and support to residents in their homes, it's important that we review our fees and charges accordingly.
"This phased increase will mean we can re-invest more money into domiciliary care in Thurrock and in particular our careers, who go above and beyond in delivering this vital frontline service. This means a pay increase, above inflation, to those who supply these vital key workers. Also, it means ensuring that we have the funds we need to continue to offer a great service to our residents who need it.
"Our recent consultation on this service heaped praise upon our carers for their dedication and kindness throughout the challenges of the pandemic, and we are proud to provide the high level of care our residents both need and deserve.
"All residents who receive domiciliary care are financially assessed to determine the amount they will be charged, with most people paying no or a very little contribution to their care due to their income levels. This small and steady increase over the coming years will impact very few residents, but allows our services to continue providing the best care possible for people in the comfort of their own homes."
To read the report, go to Cabinet agenda: Wednesday 1 February.