ELDERLY people on Wearside may have to pay more towards their social care.
Thousands of people are being consulted by Sunderland City Council on proposed changes, which could see some paying hundreds of pounds more per week.
The current maximum contribution towards care services, such as home help, is capped at £108.70 per week.
However, under the proposed shake-up to the contributions policy, that cap would be removed and people would be individually assessed as to what they can afford to pay.
This means that some people could end up paying up to £407 towards their “personal budget”, which is equivalent to the current maximum cost of a residential care placement per week.
Sunderland City Council is having to make changes due to a shake-up of social care nationally. Those who are in permanent residential care will not be affected.