Care groups win review on charging

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A coalition of disabled people’s organisations has persuaded East Lothian Council to re-examine plans to introduce new charges for care services.

Implementation of charges for transport to and from day centres and other services has been delayed pending a review.

The plans will now be seen by a working group, including council officials and representatives of the coalition of East Lothian Community Care Forum, Carers of East Lothian, Partners in Advocacy and the Scottish Learning Disability Alliance.

The partnership had criticised the proposals, describing them as ill-considered and derived without proper consultation.

The care groups believe the charges would impact on the most vulnerable people.

A council spokeswoman said: “The increases to services that are already being charged for will be implemented from April 1, 2014, as planned.

“The implementation of the new services to be charged for - telecare, day services, transport - has been postponed to allow the formation of a short-life working group, including representatives from a number of service-user and carer organisations.

“This will enable further discussions around the charging policy.”

The implementation of new charges for telecare, day services and transport has been postponed initially until the autumn.

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