Letter: In Brief

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Sir: Labour's new funding for respite care, pounds 140m over three years, represents about pounds 47m per year for 6 million carers - pounds 7.70 per carer per year. Care for sufferers of multiple sclerosis in a home run by the MS Society, a non-profit organisation, is pounds 518 a week. This is subsidised by the society, the true cost being over pounds 900. In Leeds, social services contribute only pounds 244 a week towards respite care. The public must not be blinded by smug token gestures designed to win votes. Carers are saving this country more than pounds 34bn a year.

MALCOLM NAYLOR

Otley West Yorkshire

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