Care charges deadline looms

by Lorraine King Residents are being urged to inform the council about their views on plans to hike care charges as the consultation deadline approaches. The Times exclusively revealed last December that town hall bosses are hopi

by Lorraine King

Residents are being urged to inform the council about their views on plans to hike care charges as the consultation deadline approaches.

The Times exclusively revealed last December that town hall bosses are hoping to increase the fees by up to almost 300 per cent, which would affect the borough's oldest and most vulnerable residents.

Council chiefs have been accused of trying to sneak the charges in after they chose to launch the month-long consultation just days before most day centres, organisations, voluntary and statutory groups closed for the Christmas break.

Following a string of complaints to council chiefs in reaction to the Times' expose, council chiefs were forced to extend the consultation until March 15.

Anyone wanting to give their views to the proposals can obtain a consultation form by calling 020 8937 4189.

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