Shadow health minister Liz Kendall
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Care funding policy must be improved, Labour warns

There has been a sharp rise in the cost of council services for elderly and disabled people, Labour has warned.

Data from 93 out of 153 councils in England showed fees for meals on wheels has gone up by 13% over the last two years, while transport rose by 33%.

The survey also found huge regional variations in the charges, which Labour says have become a stealth tax.

Shadow health minister Liz Kendall told the BBC the current system was "a false economy" and a fairer system had to be put in place.

  • 30 Dec 2011
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