Committee rejects bid to overturn care cost rises

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A BID to overturn an increase in the cost of home help care has been rejected.

Suffolk County Council’s scrutiny committee examined a decision to charge those with physical and learning disabilities, aged under 60, more towards their contributions for care.

The move could result in an increase of up to £42 in some cases.

Labour group leader Cllr Sandy Martin forced the committee to look at the move in an attempt to get it referred back to the authority’s cabinet.

However, councillors opted to endorse the decision.

The rate changes apply to new customers but has been capped at a maximum of £15 for existing clients. The increased charges should bring in an extra £500,000 and contribute towards the adult and community services’ savings target of £12.4 million.