Counsel and Care: cuts in services not the only option
Even before the outcome of October’s Comprehensive Spending Review, older people’s charity Counsel and Care says some local authorities are already increasing charging for homecare as well as tightening their eligibility criteria for access to services.
In a national survey, more than half of councils surveyed confirmed they would be carrying out budget cuts in social care or a reduction in the range of services available.
Six of the councils surveyed said they were considering increases to home care charging. A further four are known to be already consulting on raising charges.
Of the councils surveyed, the highest hourly rate charged now sits at £19.70 an hour. Currently 20 councils charge more than £14 an hour, with 12 charging more than £15 an hour for essential homecare.
In particular, two councils are currently consulting on removing or increasing t