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Postcode lottery on council elderly care charges

The charges some elderly people must pay for council carers to come into their homes have risen sharply.

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information requests show that charges in England and Wales vary widely among councils.

The consumer group Which? said there was a postcode lottery under which hourly rates in some areas have soared.

Simon Gompertz reports.

  • 20 Jan 2011
  • From the section Health