Nothing ‘fair’ about rising 
charges for 
community care

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Last Wednesday, Calderdale Council voted to implement a series of increased charges in the cost of elderly and community care services at the Full Council meeting.

This was voted through as the bizarrely named ‘Review of the Fairer Charging Policy for Community Care Services’ and will see many people pay significantly more for the care services they receive. However, not all users of the Council’s care services will see their charges rise by the same amount.

What on earth is ‘fair’ about significantly increasing the charges for some people, but not for others?

This fundamentally unfair policy, which according to Labour is designed to ‘address inequalities and unfairness in the current system’, is based upon a simple principle: those who have worked hard all of their life and have struggled to buy their own home and make some savings for their retirement are squeezed for even more of their hard earned money, whilst those who have no means to pay continue to be funded for by the state.

This is a classic Labour Party policy, designed to hurt hard working people who have struggled throughout their life to pay the mortgage, raise their family, and save a little for when they get older – Labour’s message to you is that if you work hard, we will penalise you.

In Calderdale, this means that hard working people will be paying their share of an extra £1.6million per year to support their care.

Historically speaking, large parts of the general public have often felt that the government is not ‘on their side’. There has sometimes been a perception that hard work and graft has not been rewarded through the tax system and that the benefit system, whilst rightly providing a safety net for those genuinely in need, has rewarded those who choose not to work.

When I speak to Brighouse residents, I feel that this perception is now changing.

People are seeing a government who, by taking millions of the lowest paid workers out of paying tax altogether, is making work pay. People are seeing a government who, by reforming the welfare system to ensure that a life on benefits is no longer an easy lifestyle choice, is willing to take the tough decisions needed to tackle Britain’s deficit.

People are seeing a government who understands the concerns of working families and is on their side.