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Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council

Working for Wye - past, present and future

Clerk: Mrs Vinny McLean
Parish Council Office, Unit 2B
Briar Close, Bramble Lane
Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5HB

Tel: 01233 812459

Frequently asked questions

Image: Bridge Street, Wye. Nearly twenty one percent of all households in Wye (total 220) have no access to a car or van, and therefore rely on public transport (2011 National Census);

Our Place Wye: what are the issues

  • There are 10.8 million older people aged 65 or over in the UK:
    (Mid-2012 Population Estimates UK Office for National Statistics, 2013)

  • The number of people aged 65+ is projected to rise by nearly 50% (48.7%) in the next 20 years to over 16 million:
    National population projections, 2010-based, Office for National Statistics, 2011
  • Many long-term conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are linked with age. Since the population is ageing, the number of people with long-term conditions is set to rise by about 1 million in the next 3 to 5 years.
  • NICE Pathway on social care for older people with long-term conditions.
  • 3.8 million 65+ live alone. (This is 36% of all people aged 65+ in GB) By the age of 75, 49% live alone (29% men and 60% of women):
    General Lifestyle Survey 2011,Table 3.3. ONS, 2013, and Dignity in Dying, 2008

  • Over 1 million older people say they are always or often feel lonely:
    TNS survey for Age UK, April 2014

  • 17% of older people have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours.
    Victor C et al (2003). Loneliness, Social Isolation and Living Alone in Later Life. Economic and Social Research Council.

  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company:
    Age UK, 2014
  • Over a third of the Wye with Hinxhill parish population is aged over 60, (over 16% are aged over 75 years).
  • Wye with Hinxhill has a higher percentage of people providing unpaid care (12.1%) compared to the average in England (10.3%), with 3.7% providing over 20 hours of unpaid care a week.
  • Although 81% report themselves to be in good or very good health, 5.5 % (125 people) say they are in bad to very bad health. Some 9.2% of the population of Wye (210 people) report that their day to day activities are limited a lot.
  • Just under 20% of the population of Wye (420 people) have a long term illness or disability which they report as limiting their day to day activities a little (233 people) to a lot (188 people).

KS301EW - Health and provision of unpaid care NOMIS, May 2014

  • Lone pensioner and all pensioner one family households in Wye without access to a car or van 188 (47%)

2001 Census data

  • Three top concerns of older people are: bodily pain, loneliness and memory loss:

Philip, I. (2014) 'Perfect Ageing: The contribution of assessment', in Services for older people – what works, Davidson et al (Eds), pp. 40-43, London: Age UK

What does care cost?

Nationally, the 'Our Place' programme offers people in a neighbourhood the opportunity to tackle the issues which matter most to them. 'Our Place' has already been piloted in 12 pioneer areas. In light of this, the Government has committed a further £4.3 million to enable 100 more areas to put communities in the driving seat, influencing spend and shaping public services to meet local needs.

The following guide explains the way care works, what you need to think about, and how much you may have to pay.

Care costs in the UK: Calculate the costs you face

Acknowledgement: Calculator provided by BBC News

Where does Our Place Wye operate?

Our Place Wye will operate within the Wye Surgery practice boundary. (follow link to map) The programme aims to support people, and manage change in their interests.

Why is Our Place Wye necessary?

The Our Place Wye programme is a very local response to the Care Act 2012, the rising needs of an ageing population, and the increasing financial pressures on health and social care budgets.

As a nation we are living longer, and the population is growing, which is increasing the demand on already stretched health and social care budgets. In addition, the Care Act 2014 has placed many new duties on Kent County Council and other local authorities. These duties include obligations to:

  • create a market of diverse and high quality service providers;
  • improve people's independence and wellbeing;
  • provide or arrange services that prevent or delay people from developing needs for care and support;
  • provide or arrange a range of services aimed at reducing needs and regaining skills;
  • engage with local people about their needs and aspirations;
  • engage with local providers, to help each other understand what services are likely to be needed in the future, and what new types of support should be developed.

The Care Act is also designed to make sure that all people:

  • receive services that prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs;
  • can get the comprehensive information and advice they need to make good decisions about care and support;
  • have access to a range of providers who can offer a choice of high quality, appropriate services;
  • can obtain independent financial advice, and are able to plan and prepare for their future care costs.