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Why the Government must ring the changes on charges

Why the Government must ring the changes on charges Feature — Charging Why the Government must ring the changes on charges The Government’s announcement that it will amend the Care Standards Bill to enable it to issue enforceable guidelines on charging for care services is a step in the right direction, says Simon Wright, chair of the Coalition on Charging and Mencap’s campaigns officer. He describes some of the adverse consequences on service users when councils charge for essential services and the safeguards that should be included in any national guidance Care charges have increased of poorly informed decisions, which also been revealed. These include dramatically from a minority of is exacerbated by a failure to moni- the treatment of service users’ councils charging a maximum £15 tor or evaluate the effect of charging benefits and the failure of some in 1993/94 to a position now where decision.” authorities to take account of living half of councils charge some users and disability related costs: over £50 a week. Many policies are simply failing the The Department of Health did service users they purport to be “Charges in one third of councils issue a Social Service Advice Note supporting. In Surrey, for example, can leave users with less to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Working with Older People Emerald Publishing

Why the Government must ring the changes on charges

Working with Older People , Volume 4 (3): 3 – Jul 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1366-3666
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Feature — Charging Why the Government must ring the changes on charges The Government’s announcement that it will amend the Care Standards Bill to enable it to issue enforceable guidelines on charging for care services is a step in the right direction, says Simon Wright, chair of the Coalition on Charging and Mencap’s campaigns officer. He describes some of the adverse consequences on service users when councils charge for essential services and the safeguards that should be included in any national guidance Care charges have increased of poorly informed decisions, which also been revealed. These include dramatically from a minority of is exacerbated by a failure to moni- the treatment of service users’ councils charging a maximum £15 tor or evaluate the effect of charging benefits and the failure of some in 1993/94 to a position now where decision.” authorities to take account of living half of councils charge some users and disability related costs: over £50 a week. Many policies are simply failing the The Department of Health did service users they purport to be “Charges in one third of councils issue a Social Service Advice Note supporting. In Surrey, for example, can leave users with less to

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Working with Older PeopleEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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