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Sharon and Hilda win council carer award
TWO residents have been chosen as joint winners of the second Haringey Council carer of the year 2008 award. 
Sharon Lindsay and Hilda Currey were chosen as the people who best exemplify the work and qualities of a carer. 
Sharon, who has learning difficulties, has a part-time job and looks after her mother Angela who is partially sighted. 
Hilda looks after her daughter Christine who is blind and her husband Terence who is wheelchair dependent.

Cost of care at home in rapid rise
THE cost of care at home for the elderly is rising rapidly according to an annual survey of local authorities by a charity. 
Counsel and Care's Care Contradictions: putting people first? research found that the average hourly charge for council care services is now £12.84, a 16 per cent rise from £11.06 in 2007. The lowest charge amongst respondents is now £8.20 per hour, rising to the highest charge of £18. 
The maximum weekly charge for care set across all the survey respondents was £256.10 on average against £184.82 for the previous year, a 39 per cent increase.
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