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Increased charges for adult social care service, Kingston 

Location: UK » London » KT
Sector: Social care

Charges for non-residential adult social care services have been increased in Kingston - from April 2011 for new service users and from October 2011 for existing service users. The principal changes are that those with savings of more than £23,250 will have to fund the full cost of their support, the ‘cap’ on charges has been removed (so potentially people with high value care packages have to pay much more) and the proportion of their available income people will be charged is rising from 50% to 75%.

An application for judicial review has been made on behalf of a service user on the grounds that the council did not fulfil its legal obligations to promote equality for disabled people and women and did not pay due regard to the effects of the decision on people in these groups. The solicitor is Rosa Curling of Leigh Day & Co and the barrister is Kate Markum of Doughty Street Chambers. We are currently (as at 17 May) waiting for Kingston’s formal response to the letter before claim, before the application proceeds.

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