Paul Ridley, 49, from Wolverton, stopped sending son Keith, 26, for respite after receiving a bill without prior warning of the amount.

The Local Government Ombudsman has now ordered Milton Keynes Council to pay Mr Ridley compensation of £100.

The council said it had made a mistake in failing to notify him of the amount and apologised "unreservedly".

The authority will also have to write to all carers offering them a refund.
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