Independent Age outlines concerns over top-ups to BBC Radio 4

Independent Age, says many families are paying over the odds for their relative’s care home, because local authorities are flouting new legislation.

Simon Bottery, director of policy at the charity, told BBC Radio 4 that over one-third of councils in England are not adhering to current guidelines.

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The rules, brought in last year under the Care Act, meant that families who were eligible for local authority funded care should not have to pay extra, when their relative’s care needs change.

Top-ups should only be charged for improved living conditions such as a larger or better positioned room. Families should not be charged if an LA-funded resident’s care needs increase.

The charity says nearly half of councils in England who answered a Freedom of Information request aren’t complying with the changes.

As a result, some families are being charged fees to pay for basic care, that should be funded by their local authority.

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