Bills for North-east care home residents could rise by £140 extra a month

Woodhill House - Aberdeenshire Council's headquarters

Care home bills could soar by a fifth as hard-pressed social care bosses try to claw back costs.

Aberdeenshire Council’s communities committee is looking at a number of proposals to help recoup the full costs from their residential facilities over the next four years.

Among options being considered is a £140 hike in fees and charges for residents who pay for council-run care from £775 to £915, phased in over three years.

Officials say imposing the increase on the 80-plus residents in that category at present would net it more than £190,000 extra in the first year alone.

The proposals emerged from a report which was discussed by the council’s integration joint board, which also includes NHS Grampian representatives, ahead of the communities meeting.

It comes a year after the authority had to perform a U-turn on proposals which had left some sheltered housing residents in the region facing bills of an extra £1,000 a month.

The committee will discuss the proposals on December 21.