Council charges for social care vary greatly, report finds

Counsel and Care claims huge differences in council charges for social care are placing older people at risk.

In a survey of local authorities published today, Counsel and Care finds councils’ maximum weekly charge for older people’s services range from £3.91 to £315.90.

And the report on the spending patterns of 33 local authorities also says 39 per cent do not cap charges.

These charges are a potential “drain” on pensioners’ incomes that policy makers must address, the report warns.

Counsel and Care chief executive Stephen Burke called for councils that do not have a maximum charge to introduce one.

“We were surprised that two-fifths of local authorities do not have maximum guidelines and we hope that they consider introducing one,” he said.

The report also finds that almost a third – 32 per cent – of surveyed councils tightened their eligibility criteria for adult services in the past year.

Burke said this represented a “further move away” from preventive services and could cost the government more money in the long run.

Stephen Burke writes an online Blog for our website

More from Community Care

Comments are closed.