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Disabled man to miss out on day care because of soaring costs

Trevor Marshall says he can't afford the day centre costs Photo: ITV Central

A carer who looks after a disabled man from Nottingham claims he can't continue going to a day centre because the costs have risen from £12 to £192 a week.

Nottinghamshire County Council have asked Trevor Marshall, who has cerebral palsy, to make the new contributions as part of an overhaul of the way they charge people for care.

Mr Marshall (66) visited Rushcliffe Resource Centre in West Bridgford three times a week to socialise with people with similar disabilities.

The charges were capped at £4 a session. His carer, Avril Harper, says the new charges are totally unreasonable and he has now stopped attending.

Ms Harper, a retired social worker, looks after Mr Marshall at her home in Carlton. She has cared for him since his mother died in 2007.

She says he can afford the contributions, but he also has to pay for regular respite care and pays half the household bills. She claims the extra cost will eat away at his life savings.

The County Council says it is complying with Government guidelines aimed at meeting the rising costof adult social care.

Under the new system, people will be asked to contribute according to their means, but the authority insists no-one will have to pay more than they can afford.

The changes apply to 7810 social care users. All have been assessed, and 3900 will pay nothing towards their care.

1986 will pay something, and 1924, including Mr Marshall, will pay the full cost because their savings are above the threshold of £23,250.**

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