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POWYS IN COURT OVER HOME HELP CHARGES

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The high court has heard accusations that Powys CC put the need to save money before the needs of the sick and disa...
The high court has heard accusations that Powys CC put the need to save money before the needs of the sick and disabled. The authority was attacked for its decision to triple the community care charges of a MS patient.

The Western Mail (23 April, p11) reported that Jenny Hambridge, who is wheelchair dependent, used to be charged£10.50 a week for the 16 hours of home help she recieves from the social services department.

But the cost was increased to£32.70. Mrs Hambridge's solicitor claimed the charging policy had been adopted for budgetary reasons, with no adequate regard to its impact on the disabled, some of whom would have to do without services they could no longer afford.

But Clive Lewis, representing Powys, said the council had observed as its guiding principles that recipients of community care services should not be put at risk and essential services should be maintained.

The suggestion that the council had had regard only to the need to increase income was 'manifestly incorrect,' he added. The hearing continues.
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