Walsall widow ‘targeted’ by son’s £4k social care bill

An 84-year-old widow from the West Midlands said she was “disgusted” she had been given a £4,700 bill by the council to care for her disabled son.

Lillian Henderson helps care for her son Ian who had a stroke 13 years ago and has 10 hours’ paid care per week.

Their income has not changed but they have been asked to make contributions.

Walsall Council said it had brought in a new charging policy. It has to save £7m in the next 12 months but said care for vulnerable adults would not be cut.

Mrs Henderson has health problems herself and until last year her son Ian received income support and now receives disability benefits.


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