Fury over Darlington council’s 400% rise in cost of day care (From The Northern Echo)

 

THE husband of an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer has accused a council of acting like “cowboy builders” after the cost of his wife’s day care went up by 400 per cent.

Last night, the Alzheimer’s Society said the case of 76- year-old Evelyn Wiffen, from Darlington, illustrated the urgent need to overhaul the way that social care is paid for.

When Mrs Wiffen started going to the St Hilda’s Day Centre, in Darlington, in August last year the charge was £10 per session.

In April this year, the fee increased to £28.80, and recently Darlington Borough Council told her husband, Peter, also 76, that the cost of a daily session was about to go up to £50.78.

Fury over Darlington council’s 400% rise in cost of day care (From The Northern Echo)

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