“Essex council proposes £25.92 ‘lifting charge’ to help elderly up when they fall
Tendring District Council has proposed the extra charge to its existing care service for staff to visit the homes to help people get back up
A local council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they’ve had a fall at home.
Tendring District Council, in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, has come under fire after proposing a £25.92 additional annual charge to around 2,500 Essex residents who use its Careline service.
The “lifting service” will mean Careline staff go to the home of the elderly person with a touch of a special alarm button.
Michael Le Cornu, chairman of the Tendring Pensioners’ Action group told the Mirror it meant people would in effect be “penalised for falling”.
“PENSIONERS HAD PAID TAX FOR HEALTH SERVICES ALL THEIR LIVES – AND WERE IN EFFECT BEING ASKED TO PAY AGAIN.”