Clients swap cash for swipe cards

Wakefield Council’s social services and health department
introduced a new swipe card system this week as an alternative
method of paying for community care services.

The council’s service users are to be given a swipe card
that they can use to pay for care they receive either at post
offices or council offices.

The system will be used to pay for home care, day care,
home-based breaks and other services.

It was introduced after 75 per cent of people using swipe cards
to pay for rent and council tax said they wanted the technique
expanded to other council services to make it more convenient to

Service users will also be offered the option of paying for
their services by direct debit and the internet.

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