HUNDREDS of Bournemouth people receiving council-funded adult social care are to see an increase in how much they pay out weekly.

From April next year 234 people will have to pay out more for non-residential services such as day centre visits, transport and home visits.

In some cases individuals will be expected to hand over £200 more each week for their services.

The move was approved by cabinet members on Wednesday and is part of Bournemouth Borough Council’s bid to save money and create a fairer system.

A report from officers said the system will be subject to means testing “to determine how much someone can afford to pay towards their care and those who can afford to pay more will do so”.

Bournemouth council has released a breakdown of the impact the system change will have on the 234 people:

* 86 people will pay up to £30 per week more

* 57 people will pay between £20-£49 more

* 43 people will pay between £50-£99 more

* 43 people will pay between £100-£199 per week more

* Five people will pay more than £200 per week more

A report to the council stated that of the 234 a total of 153 people currently pay the subsidised full charge for their care.

This is either because they have an income, savings or investments of more than £23,250 or because they do not want to be assessed. This could change if they decided to accept the means testing and then qualify for subsidies.

The councils said the changes will save between £126,000 and £645,000 per year.

Cllr Blair Crawford, Cabinet lead member for adult social care, said after the meeting they had added another recommendation to ensure those people affected would receive the correct support.

“We acknowledge we have got to do more intensive work to help those people who are likely to be affected to help them understand what options are open to them,” he added.