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Rise in charges attacked by SNP

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council

SNP councillors have attacked “inflation busting” rises for care at home, lunch clubs and community alarms.

East Lothian Council’s Labour/Conservative/Independent administration approved the increases at a meeting of the cabinet.

The SNP said care at home charges will rise by 4.4 per cent, meals at lunch clubs will climb by seven per cent and community alarms will go up by 21 per cent – compared to pension and benefit uprating of only 2.7 per cent.

Councillor Donald Grant (Lab), adult wellbeing spokesman, explained: “We have decided to make small increases to some of the services that we already charge for and to introduce charges for some other services in line with other local authority areas.”

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