Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson raises costs of community alarms in Dumfries and Galloway

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has raised concerns over the cost of community alarms for users across the region.

Research from the Scottish Conservatives shows that there is a postcode lottery among Scotland’s local authorities when it comes to charges on a weekly basis for the devices, which can often be life-saving.

Currently Dumfries and Galloway Council charge users £3.60 per week for community alarms and while other local authorities charge more, councils such as Aberdeen City are only charging £1.35 per week.

Mr Carson has now written to the council to ask why the costs are higher in this region and asked if there are any plans to reduce the costs for service users.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is disappointing to see that there is such a postcode lottery when it comes to community alarms across Scotland.

“While Dumfries and Galloway Council are not the most expensive council their costs are still significantly higher than some local authorities, some of which are charging £2 less a week.

“Community alarms are absolutely vital for many vulnerable and elderly patients and users should not be priced out of them, which would lead to greater health inequalities.

“I hope Dumfries and Galloway Council can outline plans that will see service users pay reduced charges in the future.”