Care costs vary across country

The cost of care varies across the country a freedom of information request submitted by Which? has revealed.

The request, which covered local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, found that 11% of councils have set a maximum standard rate for personal care of more than £540 a week. In comparison, 36% of councils have a maximum rate of £434.

Important findings:

  • 53% of councils have set their rates between £435 and £539
  • the most expensive rate was £768 in Lewisham
  • the cheapest rates were £357 in Blackburn and Darwen.

Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said:

"Understanding the options available for long-term care can be a minefield, particularly with such huge variations in the funding available."

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