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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 September 2005, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
City home care charges scrapped
Derby City Council is scrapping charges for home care services from 1 October.

The council has voted to end the fees, which will mean around 2,000 people will no longer have to pay for their home care service.

About 920 people in the city are already receiving free home support. Those who pay do so on a sliding scale, with charges of up to 33 a week.

The city council has decided to end the charges to bring it in line with other neighbouring authorities.

The end of the charges will cost the city an additional 696,000 for the remainder of the year.

This year the council will use surplus funds to fund the change, but after that it will have to make savings in other areas.

Nine staff who work in home care will be moved to other jobs within the council.


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