Have your say on advocacy service for elderly and disabled in Lincolnshire
A care service helping the elderly and disabled could be reshuffled by Lincolnshire County Council.
The authority wants people's views on how it could be run.
The advocacy service helps people with physical or learning disabilities, older people and those with mental health needs in the county.
However contracts for the two currently separate services, which are run by Adult Care at the county council and Public Health, both end next year.
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The county council wants to merge both to create one single service.
It means carers, professionals and people who use the service are now being asked to put their views forward and shape a new advocacy scheme.
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, said: "Everyone deserves the right to be heard, have their wishes and needs understood and to make informed choices about their care.
“The current services provide this support well but we need to not only improve awareness of the scheme but access to it as well.
"With contracts for two separate schemes coming to an end next year, it gives us a golden opportunity to bring them together as one, avoiding duplication, confusion and extra cost.
“Working with county residents who use, or may need to use it, we can develop a new service that best meets the needs of everyone.
"We'll continue talking with people about this over the next year, and encourage volunteers to come forward, but the current online survey ends on 8 October so we invite everyone to take part."
A report on the findings and future plans is then expected to go to the Adult Scrutiny Committee and county council Executive by the end of the year.
There are three different surveys depending on how you use the service, at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/advocacy or by calling 01522 554253.