“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.”
Source: “Essex council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they’ve had a fall at home.” | Nye Bevan News
A judge has dismissed a judicial review brought by national care provider body Care England against a local authority it said had breached its Care Act duties by setting fees too low.
Care England argued that Essex council had fixed the fees it offered to providers under a new commissioning framework at a level “significantly below their costs of care”.
It said this contravened section 5 of the Care Act, which stipulates local authorities must promote an efficient and effective care market and “have regard” to ensuring its sustainability.
The issue was highlighted last month by a report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which found care home operators had been charging self-funding residents an average of 41% more than council-funded ones in order to remain solvent.
Source : ‘Care Act breach’ judicial review over provider fees dismissed : Community Care
Essex council admitted it is “unaffordable” to pay the new rates for residential and nursing placements to all local providers
Source: Council fee proposals ‘risk care home closures’ | Community Care