Caring’ bill hits £23m

PUBLISHED: 11:41 10 November 2006 | UPDATED: 22:21 28 May 2010

CARING for people in Cambridgeshire with learning disabilities is costing on average £30,000 per person a year. The figures have been revealed by the county council and show the cost of providing care packages for 763 people has grown to £23million a ye

CARING for people in Cambridgeshire with learning disabilities is costing on average £30,000 per person a year.

The figures have been revealed by the county council and show the cost of providing "care packages" for 763 people has grown to £23million a year.

And some intensive packages cost in excess of £100,000 annually, said the council.

"The increasing demand was a major contributor to a current county council overspend," said a spokesman.

The council was told the biggest area of pressure was caused by young people transferring from child to adult support services and the number of new arrivals in Cambridgeshire where a member of the family has learning disabilities.

New arrivals include first-time Cambridgeshire house buyers and military families who are relocated to the county.


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