February 10, 2004
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Costs of Care is the latest report from the Coalition on Charging, an alliance of 200 national and local organisations who oppose the concept of charging for personal care.
Government guidance in England on fairer charging for home care is not working for many disabled people and their carers, says a report from the Coalition on Charging. The report outlines the experiences disabled people, older people and their carers in England have of the new charging policies, one year after the Government introduced guidance for local authorities on 'Fairer Charging' for non-residential care services. Many people now have no choice but to reduce the level of service they receive.
A number of people affected by MS from around the country got involved in this survey. The MS Society campaigns team is actively involved in the steering group for the coalition working with colleagues from Mencap, Scope, Disability Alliance, Age Concern, Help the Aged, British Polio Fellowship and Carers UK.
You'll see from the report that more than half of those responding to a coalition questionnaire said current policies had had a negative effect on their income and lifestyle. A similar proportion said their local authority had failed to provide enough information about changes to charging policies.
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