Scots protest at hike in council care fees


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

An increase of a third in the costs that some residents will have to pay for council care home accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland has been criticised by pensioner welfare groups. Residents at Highland Council care homes with more than £19,000 in savings will have to pay £600 a week, an increase of 34 per cent on the current fee of £447. Sheila MacKay, spokeswoman for the Highland Senior Citizens¹ Network said: “Those who have saved all their lives are going to be the hardest hit ­ it seems a most unjust way of treating people in their old age.” Mary Scanlon, the Scottish Tories¹ health spokeswoman said the increase in fees was “outrageous”. “”So much for free care for elderly people,” Ms Scanlon said. Jonathan King, Highland Council¹s head of operations in community care defended the cost hike, saying that the rise would affect just 23 out of 300 permanent residents at care homes run by the Highland Council. “Unfortunately (these increases are) a consequence of the fact we have a varied portfol





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