Saturday, February 23, 2013

Labour Should Rethink Hiking Up Charges On The Vulnerable

I am delighted that the Labour Council Administration in Southampton has delayed its decision to hike up care charges following last week's council scrutiny meeting. Further consultation has now been extended until 2nd of April and I would urge people to use that time to make the case to the council that some of the planned changes to the charging policy for social care needs a rethink. The impact of some of the proposed changes will be devastating with charges for many increasing by thousands of pounds a year. Those caring for adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities will be particular hit and it can't be right to put pressure on such families. Also across the board hikes in charges for care users should also be rethought. This proposal was put to the previous Conservative Council by council officers and we rejected it at the time. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. I hope Labour will have a change of heart.

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