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Plans to increase home care charges dropped

27th January 2006

Proposals in Enfield to increase the cost of meals-on-wheels services for the elderly have been scrapped.

Enfield Council had been planning to get rid of the reduced £3 rate charged to people with mobility problems, claiming the move would save the authority around £170,000 per year.

However, complaints from the public and pressure groups concerned that many elderly people would be left unable to live independent lives without the service.

Council leader Mike Rye has now backtracked on the scheme, telling the Enfield Times: "The subsidy won't be taken away because of the feedback we have had so far. That's a definite."

While Labour councillor Bambos Charalambous welcomed the change of heart from the council, he also warned that this is "only part of the story", as the council has also planned to increase the maximum care that elderly people can be charged for home care jump from £14.10 per hour to £16 per hour.

Campaigners are therefore taking nothing for granted and will continue to fight for the proposals to be scrapped completely.