THE WELSH GOVERNMENT PAYS BACK TO FAMILIES WHO WRONGLY PAID CARE HOME FEES
- 07 Jun
The Welsh Government have paid back over £70m to families who wrongly paid for care home fees, BBC News, reports.
- Many elderly people sold assets to pay for places in residential homes
- Health boards in Wales have received about 7,500 claims for wrong payments made since 1996
- According to the Welsh Government, 70% of these had been completed and more than £70 million has been repaid
- Anyone with assets worth more than £30,000 pay the full cost of their residential care
- But they do not have to pay if they suffer from certain health problems- then the NHS foots the bill
A Welsh Government spokesman said:
"Earlier this year we introduced an amended process in order to accelerate the speed at which claims are processed.
"We have also developed common reporting criteria across all health boards to ensure the progress in processing claims, and problems or challenges, are captured and managed as early as possible."
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