Introduction
 
Please note that a glossary for words in italics can be found in Section 8 of the Information Pack.
 
The Care Act (2014) states that local authorities should consider an adult’s ability to get around in the community safely and consider their ability to use such facilities as public transport, shops or recreational facilities when considering the impact on their wellbeing. 
 
Previously, there has been no formal agreed procedure in Waltham Forest for the allocation of transport to meet eligible needs.  These needs are those which arise from or are related to a physical or mental impairment or illness, prevent the person from achieving outcomes such as making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community, and consequently impact the person’s well-being.  For example, someone’s behaviour or anxiety means that they are unable to use public transport.
 
This has led to inconsistency when providing transport.  This policy is intended to provide a transparent process for allocating limited transport resources for those that need it the most.  It will cover all adult social care provision, not just in-house services like the Markhouse Centre.
 
Please note that there are no cost savings associated with this policy.  There are also no plans to reduce the number of people being supported with transport, although those that receive Council-arranged transport may change according to their level of need.
 
Why your views are important
 
We need to know what you think about these proposals.  We will include your responses in a report that will be reviewed by the Council’s Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet.
 
Response Form
 
Please read the accompanying Information Pack before completing this questionnaire. This, along with Easy Read versions of all documents, are available to download and print from the consultation webpage at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/consultations/adult-social-care-transport-policy-consultation.
 
If you have any queries about the public consultation, please e-mail dementia.hub@walthamforest.gov.uk or call the Dementia Hub on 020 8558 0647. 
 
Please also contact us using these details if you require the Information Pack and the Response Form in alternative formats such as large print, easy-read, audio, Braille or an alternative language.
 
The public consultation is open from 12th September until the 21st October 2022. Please note that responses received after this date will not form part of the decision making process.

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* 1. In what capacity are you responding to this consultation?

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* 2. What is your age range?  (If you are a carer, please provide the age range of the person you care for.)

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* 3. Do you or a member of your family currently receive Council-funded transport to access services?

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* 4. How do you or the person you care for/your family member currently travel to the day activities, social activities or respite care? Please tick all the options that apply

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* 5. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the Council requires a Transport Policy to set out a procedure for allocating transport provision?

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* 6. To what extent do you agree or disagree that Council-funded transport should be allocated on the basis of assessed need?

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* 7. In order of importance (where 1 is the most important and 8 is the least important), please rank which of the following considerations should be taken into account when assessing someone for an appropriate transport provision:

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* 8. To what extent do you agree or disagree that it is reasonable to expect those who could travel using a benefit or travel concession provided by the Government or the Council to use it to attend day activities, social activities or respite care.  Such benefits or concession would include Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independent Payment (PIP) higher rate mobility allowance, Motability vehicle, Taxi Card, or Freedom Pass)

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* 9. If you have any other general views on the policy then please share these below:

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