Day centre fee hikes for Oxfordshire are voted in

Liberal Democrat councillor Jenny Hannaby raised concerns

Liberal Democrat councillor Jenny Hannaby raised concerns

First published in News

CONTROVERSIAL day centre charges look set to be increased by 258 per cent after councillors backed the plans.

Oxfordshire County Council’s ruling cabinet agreed the proposals on Tuesday.

The cost of attending day centres will rise from £4.18 to £15 from September.

The plans now need to be approved by full council.

And the fee for being taken to the centres will go up by 82p to £5 for a return journey, a 16.4 per cent rise.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jenny Hannaby raised concerns that some elderly people could lose an important lifeline.

She said: “I believe that a lot of people will stop using the day centres and the viability of them will reduce.”

Speaking after the meeting she said: “There will be a group of people who drop out and in two or three years’ time it will lead to a review over the viability of some centres, which could then close.”

Cabinet member for adult services Arash Fatemian defended the plans and said there was “misinformation” floating about.

He said: “We value day centres as an important part of the community.”

Mr Fatemian added the aim was to increase the quality and keep the day centres viable.

He said the charges would be introduced gradually over a two-year period from September 2013.

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11:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Disgusting, the only word which can describe the actions of a few which have such an affect on many who see this as a lifeline.

I hope they grow old lonely and housebound, oh no wait they won't because while in office they all 'feather their own nests' at our expense.
Disgusting, the only word which can describe the actions of a few which have such an affect on many who see this as a lifeline. I hope they grow old lonely and housebound, oh no wait they won't because while in office they all 'feather their own nests' at our expense. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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11:46am Thu 31 Jan 13

BartSimpson_ox says...

Blame the Tory Toffs. All we hear about is cuts to the poor or less well off. Never hear anything being cut for the rich, in fact they are getting a income tax bonus of paying less tax!
Blame the Tory Toffs. All we hear about is cuts to the poor or less well off. Never hear anything being cut for the rich, in fact they are getting a income tax bonus of paying less tax! BartSimpson_ox
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1:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Oxfordshire Social Care says...

still probably only half of the real cost and much less than other authorities charge
still probably only half of the real cost and much less than other authorities charge Oxfordshire Social Care
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