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Easthouses father’s outrage at care charge rise

Twins Colin and Danny Clark (23), Easthouses, who have special needs, attend Cherry Road Day Centre in Bonnyrigg. Their dad William (centre) is upset that the charges for them to attend the daily centre have risen

Twins Colin and Danny Clark (23), Easthouses, who have special needs, attend Cherry Road Day Centre in Bonnyrigg. Their dad William (centre) is upset that the charges for them to attend the daily centre have risen

A father is furious at Midlothian Council for a four-fold hike in the fees he pays for his severely autistic sons to attend a day care centre.

William Clark (50) from Easthouses is angry that the charges to send each of his twin sons Colin and Danny (23) to Cherry Road Day Care in Bonnyrigg rose from £26 per month to £26 a week this financial year.

He said: “For the past year I have been having meetings about the charges. There were no reasons given for the 400 per cent rise, I just got a phone call to say it was changing.

“I can’t understand how they can justify such a rise.

“At the end of the day I have had no explanation as to why they have put the charges up so high.

“There are a lot of people receiving this service, but we are all paying different rates, and some are paying nothing at all. The charges imposed are far too high. Beyond reason.”

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