A council spokesperson told the ECHO: "Social care is means tested and we have a duty to ensure that all charges levied are affordable, according to fairer charging
policies that are set nationally.
She asked for fairer charging
for stall holders and warned the councillors: "We've had a market for a long, long time, do not lose the market - it's on your watch."
The pair said a strong SNP group at Westminster would push for the HS2 high-speed train line to connect to Scotland, better broadband in disadvantaged communities and a fairer charging
system for energy providers.
People told us they understand why we're having to have a fairer charging
Middlesbrough Council's Executive approved changes to the Fairer Charging
policy in December.
This way there is a fairer charging
system according to use.
A council spokesman insisted that no decision had yet been taken on the council's "fairer charging
" policy for community care services, but that an aboveinflation rise had not been ruled out.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Widespread water metering implemented by water companies, including safeguards to protect vulnerable groups, would provide a fairer charging
system and is vital to help reduce water consumption and avert future severe shortages.
The city's Conservative- Liberal Democrat cabinet has agreed to lift the cap, which had been fixed since 2003, as part of its new 'fairer charging
The council operates a Fairer Charging
policy that ensures individuals are financially assessed and receive welfare benefits advice to maximise income.
The party wants to introduce "fairer charging
" for home care and other non-residential social services.