Kent County Council plans to raise social care charges

Plans to increase charges for people using social care in Kent are being put forward by the county council.

The Tory-run authority is writing to 24,500 people who use social services as part of the consultation which runs until 31 July.

Councillor Graham Gibbens, member for adult social care on Kent County Council, said they had to do “what is best ahead of what is popular”.

Unison has not so far responded. The council must cut £95m this year.

Mr Gibbens added: “Kent County Council has a history of successfully tackling difficult issues and making difficult decisions to do the best for the people of Kent.

“The extra money from new and increased charges means that more people will be able to get services they need.

“These are services that could help people to stay out of hospital or residential care.”

The council is proposing to charge people who use mental health services, including day care and transport.