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Shock hike at Herefordshire care costs
9:37am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
THE cost of daycare for one local couple has risen by a huge 2,000 per cent following a funding review.
Alan and Linda Legerton say they fear for others now facing similar rises as Herefordshire Council revises charging structures for community services.
Alan and Linda, from Clehonger, fought for four years to get full cover for the cost of Linda’s care at Hereford’s Canal Road Day Centre.
But care that cost £4.45 a day has gone up to £105.65 a day – a rise of 2,274 per cent.
While the cover means Linda’s costs will – for now at least – still be met through the council and Wye Valley Health Trust (WVT), Alan says such huge rises will price other daycare users, and their carers, out of what can be the only respite they receive.
Alan has been a fulltime carer to Linda since 1990. She has a combination of conditions that mean he has to be constantly on hand.
WVT, which runs Linda's day centre, said users of centres and other related services had been charged a flat rate which included a subsidy from Herefordshire Council that has now been withdrawn.
This has meant a change to the daily costs for a number of service users with some paying less and some more.
The Trust said costs at Canal Road vary from £24 to £106 with the actual cost per person depending on the level of support they require, but they will only be charged according to what they can afford to pay following a financial assessment.