Threat of £100 charge for Shropshire day care

Hundreds of vulnerable people using council-run day care centres across Shropshire could be forced to pay up to £100 for each visit, a new report revealed today.

Up to 700 vulnerable and elderly adults could face financial assessments to establish how much of a new daily attendance charge and transport costs they will have to pay.

People who have savings of £23,250 or more will be required to pay the full charge for each day they attend – anything from £34 to £97 depending on the day care centre, under plans being considered by Shropshire Council.

Daily transport charges, depending on how close a person lives to a centre, will range from £4.50 to £9 if the council’s cabinet approve it next week.

It means someone with learning disabilities attending the £97-per-day Aquamira Day Care Centre in Shrewsbury, from more than 10 miles away could end up paying £106 for a single day. If accepted, the charges will apply from November 19.

Stephen Chandler, Shropshire Council’s assistant director of adult social care, said: “We have this anomaly in Shropshire where people who attend council day centres are not asked to make a contribution towards the cost of their care – and that is unique in this region and in non-council-run services.”

Comments for: "Threat of £100 charge for Shropshire day care"

Mandii Williams

We are all subject to market forces and Shropshire Council is no different.

We really have to ask is Shropshire Council really in business to provide a free service such as this?

john

Who can afford £100 a day?Answer very rich people.

Kath

Let me put this simply, Mandy.

The council is not a business. It gets its income mainly from local and national taxpayers, plus what it raises from parking, leisure centres etc.

We pay our taxes (most of us) so that the council can provide 'free' services like police, education, roads maintenance, rubbish collection, social care etc.

Would you prefer to pay for all those directly?

What did you think the council was 'in business' to do?

Rob, Telford

"We are all subject to market forces and Shropshire Council is no different.

We really have to ask is Shropshire Council really in business to provide a free service such as this?"

Well said Mandiiiii Williammmmss - the council is in business to achive the maximum return for its shareholders - I can't believe that they're still operating in Shropshire when much better trading conditions can be found in other countries...

Are you a small child or just incredibly stupid?