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Cashback for elderly care users
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The council called a halt to the charge last year
Pensioners at the centre of a controversial row over care fees are to receive 100 from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

More than 700 residents were wrongly charged for meal preparation under the Scottish Government's free care policy.

They will receive the cash as a goodwill gesture that all money owed will be eventually refunded.

The move came ahead of a full compensation scheme which has yet to be established by council officials.

Dumfries and Galloway Council chief executive Phil Jones said it was a step in the right direction, despite concerns about a lack of clarity over the free personal care policy at a national level.

Ivor Hyslop, who leads the authority's new Tory administration, raised concern that a compensation scheme had not been drawn up under the council's previous regime.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, which has set aside 1.5m for reimbursement, decided to drop the charge in January last year.


SEE ALSO
Council orders care charge refund
20 Jun 07 |  South of Scotland
1.5m budget for free care claims
05 Feb 07 |  South of Scotland
Call for care compensation claims
18 Aug 06 |  South of Scotland
Council faces 3.75m care costs
05 Jun 06 |  South of Scotland
Elderly 'charged for free food'
27 Feb 06 |  Scotland
Call to extend free personal care
07 Feb 06 |  Scotland

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