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OVERCHARGE ALLEGATIONS AT LIVERPOOL CITY CARE HOMES

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The Daily Post (Merseyside edition, p1) reports that Liverpool city council has been accused of overcharging pensio...
The Daily Post (Merseyside edition, p1) reports that Liverpool city council has been accused of overcharging pensioners by nearly£200 a week for places in care homes.

A district auditor's report has attacked the council's weekly charges and it has been told the cut the bills.

Social services committee chair Anne Keenan told the paper that the reduction may not be possible because of the council's financial difficulties.

'The cost is that high because of our high staffing levels and comprehensive sick leave and holiday pay provision for our staff,' she said.

Councillor Jimmy Kendrick said that he would be asking for a full explanation of the over charging.

'As it is the old and the disabled, the most vulnerable members of our society, who are being affected, then I think we should look at ways to reimburse them,' he told the paper.

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