Age Concern: older people are in a ‘postcode lottery for care at home


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

Older people who need homecare are not being protected by fairer charging guidelines introduced a year ago. Age Concern England says research it has commissioned shows that an unjust “postcode lottery” is at work, with some local authorities not charging at all and others charging from £3.50 to £15.50 an hour. The research, which received responses from 86 social service departments across England, also found significant differences in the maximum amount authorities charged – from £23.50 to £400 per week – while some had no upper limits. Many homecare users have seen their costs rise in the last year and, in the worst case found by the research, by £261 a week. Only a third of councils provided transitional support to help deal with such large price hikes. With most local authorities charging by the hour, it is those who need the most care who are paying the highest amounts. “Many users who receive disability benefits, such as Attendance Allowance and Severe Disability Premium, have such benefits counted





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