Concern over hike in alarm charges in Midlothian

Telecare charges are to be increased

Telecare charges are to be increased

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A planned rise in homecare alarm charges has sparked fears that vulnerable users may be forced to return the life-saving equipment.

Charging for council Telecare provision was criticised when first introduced in 2012.

The SNP, at a budget meeting in Dalkeith on December 16, agreed to increase the level of charge from £2 per week to £3, beginning in 2016/17.

Councillor Kenny Young and his opposition Labour Group colleagues opposed the move.

He told the meeting: “For an older person who may be on a fixed income, an increase of £50 is a big ask. We already know there is great unhappiness about the £104 per year alarm tax.”

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