Stratford councillors raise care charges

Posted on 16 June 2011

A sharp rise in council charges could force people in the Stratford area into paying for care through a private provider, after councillors agreed to almost double rates for new customers.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has said that charges at care homes will rise from £397 per week to £659 for new customers, the Stratford Observer reports.

Those who cannot afford to pay will still receive a subsidy, but new customers who can afford it will be obliged to meet the full charges when paying for care.

"This is a huge increase and the report explains private customers could be put off using the council's care homes because of the cost and that this could mean the extra income from the increase doesn't arrive," the newspaper reports Liberal Democrat councillor Kate Rolfe.

It follows research by Prestige Nursing & Care, which found that an estimated 20,000 people are forced to sell their homes to pay for long term care every year.

Posted by Toby Mynott

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