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Elderly People (Home Help And Day Care Services)

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his policy towards requiring elderly people in receipt of supplementary benefit to pay charges for local authority home help and day care services; and if he will make a statement.

It is for the individual local authorities to decide on the charging arrangements for domiciliary and day care services. We would expect authorities to take account of both the costs of services and the financial position of those using them (whether in receipt of supplementary benefit or not) in determining charges. Under section 17 of the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983, where a user of the services satisfies the authority that his means are insufficient to meet its charges he shall not be required to pay more than it appears to the authority reasonably practicable for him to pay.