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Telford & Wrekin home help - Carers UK Forum

Telford & Wrekin home help

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Just announced that Telford & Wrekin home help charges are to rise from £8 an hour to £12 an hour. The increase in cost and the inconvenience to vulnerable people is 'regrettable'.
The council needs to cut costs, of course, so where are they gleaning money from?
The vulnerable and needy, who else?
The government has capped council tax so that councils are punished if they raise money that way, but there is no such cap on charging. And every time the charges go up, someone decides to go without the help - until the whole house of cards collapses.
Our council do not offer "home help" service anymore. Just "homecarer" which are the duties covered by free personal care, so no domestic stuff whatsoever. Most of the homecarers have private clients they do domestic work for at about 7.50 per hour, which is much cheaper than the local authority were charging in 2006 when they billed double that amount to clients.

Take care
Meg