Audit Commission calls for clear guidance on charging policies for domiciliary care


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Audit Commission has found wide variations in what people are charged for home help services and in how councils manage charges. It has found that charging policies in some areas leave some people with less to live on than the income support level appropriate for people of their age. The report also shows how financial arrangements can create incentives for managers to move people into residential homes when they could remain in their own homes. Findings of Charging with Care include wide variations in charging levels, with all users in some areas having to pay charges while in other areas it is free. Charges for similar services can vary from nothing to well over £100 per week for the same level of service. The report raises particular concerns over the treatment of the most vulnerable users of home care: #Charges in around one-third of councils can leave users with less to live on than income support; #The most disabled people can also be disadvantaged, particularly by policies based on hourly charges





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