Leicester increases homecare charges
Homecare bills for elderly people in Leicester could rise considerably following a proposal by Leicester City Council to increase its maximum homecare charge from Â£35 to Â£175 per week in line with guidance issued by the Department of Health. However the council says there will be more winners than losers under the new scheme. Social services is now proposing a scale of charges ranging from Â£5 to Â£175 per week. The council said it was only aware of one person at present who would have to pay the maximum charge. Currently, 500 of the 2,300 Leicester people who receive homecare have to pay for it. Social services predicts that a further 100 could have to start paying, but the highest charge, Â£175, will only be paid by people who receive more than 40 hours of homecare per week, and who have more than Â£19,500 in savings in addition to their house. The increased council charge is intended to represent 75 per cent of the costs of a place in a care home.