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SEFTON PAYS ELDERLY BACK

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After a lengthy legal battle against the charity Help the Aged, Sefton MBC yesterday agreed to pay care-home bills ...
After a lengthy legal battle against the charity Help the Aged, Sefton MBC yesterday agreed to pay care-home bills for two Merseyside pensioners. The Independent (p12) reports that the council had pleaded poverty and refused to make any provision for the nursing fees of those who had made their own private care arrangements until their savings had dwindled to less than£1,500.

But rather than try to fight its case in the house of lords, the social services committee agreed to drop its plan and said people who had already paid for nursing and residential home care would be repaid with interest. A spokesman said: 'This decision only involves those people who make their own arrangements for care and then come to us for help when their assets have run out. Everyone else has always been treated in accordance with the government's rules.

'But now, years of financial stringency have paid off and after reviewing our financial circumstances we found that we are able to meet the provisions affecting this particular group of people.'
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