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Hampshire Council raises care home fees

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Almost 200 elderly residents are expected to be affected by an increase in care home fees approved by Hampshire County Council.

The standard weekly rate for nursing care is to be raised by between £82.88 and £91.84 from the current rate of between £518.21 and £574.28.

Hampshire County Council provides 962 beds for nursing and residential care with fee contributions based on people’s ability to pay. Around 19.4% of people currently pay the full fee.

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Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care, said: “The increase to care home fees only applies to residents who have been financially assessed as being able to pay the full weekly rate charged by the county council and we will ensure that each resident and their family or representatives have the opportunity to fully understand the impact on their individual circumstances.

“The majority of people living in the county council’s own nursing or residential care homes will continue to either receive their care for free, or partially contribute to the cost. The fee increase will be phased in, and means that those paying the revised rate will be paying an amount which more closely reflects the actual cost of delivering care.”

The changes are being implemented as part of the council’s cost saving programme as it faces a £43.1m budget reduction in 2017.

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