A NATIONAL investigation has found Warrington Borough Council pays one of the lowest rates in the country for the home care of elderly people in England.

Most councils in England are paying less than the industry recommended minimum of £15.19 an hour, to cover wages, training and travel for personal home care, according to the national report.

The chief executive of Home Instead Senior Care in Warrington said quality care was not possible at the levels being paid, which was reported as being £9.09 an hour, and he refused to bid for council contracts.

Steve Reddy, operational director for adult social care services in Warrington, said: "The feedback we're getting from those who use our services and their families and carers, generally is very good.

"It's also public money and councils and individuals like me are also challenged to ensure that we deliver value for money."