NHS and Community Care Act

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th May 1991.

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Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook , Livingston 12:00 am, 14th May 1991

Has the Minister grasped the sharp increase in charges that social services authorities are having to make for disabled and elderly people? Is he aware that the average rise in charges for home helps is one third, which is four times the rate of inflation? How many elderly people does the Minister know whose benefit has increased by a third in the past year? Does it not make a mockery of care in the community if elderly and disabled people have to pay for the care that they need?