Day care centre charges to increase by almost 70 per cent

AN INCREASE in care charges next month will ‘cut off the lifeline’ of some of Daventry’s most vulnerable people.

Age Concern Northamptonshire has told the Daventry Express that a reduction in funding from Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has left it with no choice but to increase the prices of its day care service in the town by almost 70 per cent.

And that looks set to isolate many elderly and frail people who will be left home alone because they can’t afford to pay the increased from £9 to £15 per day.

The local branch of Age Concern is already struggling after seeing its NCC funding slashed by £100,000 last year.

And now it’s bracing itself for a further 10 per cent cut which will leave the charity with just under £400,000 to provide a range of services.

A regular user of Warwick Court day centre – run by Age Concern Northamptonshire – is 95-year-old great grandmother Lena Edgtington, who has lived in Daventry for 58 years. She said she will have to cut her use of the day care centre from two days to one day a week. She said: “It would cost £30 to come twice a week and I think that’s very expensive. It’s an awful lot of money to pay and it’s too much for some people to manage.”

For more on the impact of the cuts, along with all the rest of this week’s local news, see the Daventry Express.