Council blames cuts as it puts up care charges
Increases in care charges and other fees will net the city council an extra £400,000 over 15 months.
Burial fees and the cost of getting married in Leicester are also expected to rise on January 3.
The bill for care home places for the elderly will rise from £402 to £414 per week, while meals on wheels will rise by 10p per day to £2.95.
The largest increase is for home care services, which will increase from £9.15 per hour to £11.25.
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The city council said the proposed charge was still £1.75 lower than that set by Leicestershire County Council.
Councillor Rory Palmer, lead member for adult services, said: "Let no-one be in any doubt that this is as a direct result of Government cuts. We don't want to do this, but we have to."
He said the increased charges for care homes would only affect 45 people, while about 500 of the 2,000 people using home care services would end up paying more.
Tony Donovan, chief executive of Age Concern Leicester and Leicestershire, said: "In the past we have challenged the council on the cost of services for older people in the city.
"These increases should only be a last resort.
"We now recognise that the local authority is in dire straits and we're more concerned about services being cut altogether than price increases.
"These are means-tested so will only affect those who are in a position to pay. The key thing here will be to make sure people are informed of the rises clearly and with enough time to prepare."
A report due to go before councillors next week says: "The usual policy for fees and charges is that most increases are implemented at the start of each financial year.
"However, it is proposed that for the current year, the increase for a number of fees and charges is brought forward from April 1 to January so that the increased income can be collected for an additional quarter to assist with budgetary pressures."
Marriage and other ceremonial fees set by the local authority are also proposed to be increased.
These could be brought forward to January 2011 but are expected to be minimal.
Burial charges are expected to increase by 10 per cent above inflation. It is expected the council would earn an extra £80,000 over the year from this.
Mr Donovan said: "People often don't take notice of funeral costs until the time comes and that's when they realise just how expensive they are."
Councillor Veejay Patel, leader of the council, said: "Some above-inflation charges are required to meet the increase in VAT imposed by the Government.
"Some are, unfortunately, necessary to help meet the substantial cuts enforced on us by the Government. We would not have chosen to be doing this."
It is proposed to increase sports charges on January 1 by an average of five per cent, which includes the 2.5 per cent VAT increase.
A decision will be made by the council this month.