Council to increase care charges in Midlothian

A raft of measures which could affect some of the county’s most vulnerable people is being proposed by Midlothian Council.

A consultation is to take place on charges for adult social care services, which are set to be introduced in April.

Services to be looked at include home care, day care, transport, Telecare and the community alarm service.

For day services that are currently free, a charge of £2 for each half day is proposed.

Those needing transport to a support service face paying £1 per day, while, for some, the yearly cost of cutting a hedge would increase by 71 per cent to £51.30.

The council also plans to charge £2 per week for its Telecare and Community Alarm Service, and a number of the 176 day care clients would have to meet the full cost of respite and short breaks.

Read full story in the November 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.