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Pensioner hit with 1,000 per cent increase in day care bill

A former tank maker, now in his nineties, has been hit by a 1,000 per cent increase in his day care bill - and was asked to pay over £1,600 in arrears

A former tank maker, now in his nineties, has been hit by a 1,000 per cent increase in his day care bill - and was asked to pay over £1,600 in arrears.

Dorridge pensioner Ken Brown nearly had a heart attack last December after receiving a letter from blundering Solihull Council demanding he pay £1,649 for using Blanning Day Care Centre just twice a week since August.

The letter informed the 93-year-old his day care costs at the Bentley Heath centre, including lunch, had soared from £5 to £58.90 a day, as his life savings exceeded the maximum limit.

His son, Ray Brown, said: They sent dad a very threatening letter to say he will be on a black list for six years. It is emotional blackmail of an old person. Im not having them pick on my dad.

He and his sister June Bowskill, who lives with her father, have now found a respite centre for him in Knowle.

But he was devastated to be separated from his friends at Blanning.

Solihull Council has now accepted that the family were not informed of any price hikes in August and have written off the bill in full.

A spokesperson said: We would like to apologise to Mr Brown and his family for the mistakes made in this case.

Mr Browns day care was reviewed in August. At the time his family should have been told he may be asked to contribute to the cost of his day care, and depending on his financial circumstances, this could be the full cost.

Unfortunately they were not informed of this at the time - clearly this was a mistake.

Mr Browns daughter June said she was delighted with the decision but was worried about the future of the centre.

I just cant believe that whats taken us over three months with the council takes just 24 hours for the Press.

Its just a shame that these old folk still wont be able to afford to use it.

Its already gone down from 20 people to nine. Im not sure it can survive.

 

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