Friday 21 January 2011
Research undertaken by Which? Magazine has revealed that it is a postcode lottery governing how much people are charged for home care by local authirities and who is eligable to receive care provision, as local authorities each control the level of FACS (Fair Access to Care Services) Criteria, with 70% of the 154 local authorities restricting access to homecare to people with substantial or critical FACS needs.
The information used to produce the report was obtained using Freedom of information requests and comparing both the eligability criteria and the charges for home care.
The research also looked at the prices charged for Meals on Wheels.
A number of leading charities have commented on this.
Michelle Michell, Age UK’s Charity Director said: "Even before public spending cuts start in earnest there is a post code lottery for the cost and availability of services. Many local authorities are now seeking further cost savings, by reducing services, increasing charges and raising eligibility criteria for social care. Over the next four years we will see the harshest cuts to local government funding for a generation and we fear that the least generous councils today will set an example the rest will follow, to the detriment of vulnerable older people who rely on care at home." The rest of Michelle’s comment can be found here