New £1.1m savings plan will hit disabled

Evesham Journal: New £1.1m savings plan will hit disabled New £1.1m savings plan will hit disabled

PEOPLE in private care homes across Worcester- shire will be stopped from having trips to council-run day care centres under plans to save £1.1 million.

A wide range of changes are being made to services for residents with learning disabilities – with the aim of encouraging more people to get out into the community.

Rather than ferry disabled residents to existing day centre sites every day, they will be offered up to 86 alternative “low cost” activities alongside the general public such as swimming or trips to the gym.

The budget for day care facilities for disabled people is £4.2 million a year, but under the change £1.1 million will be slashed from it.

Under the change, seven new drop-in centres will be created across Worcester- shire to publicise activities people with learning disabilities can do in the community.

Funding will be reduced to existing day care centres in anticipation of less people coming through the doors.

And council chiefs say an existing “anomaly”, where private care home residents routinely access council day care facilities, will be stopped.

There will also eventually be four new specialist centres established in Worcester, Bromsgrove, Wychavon and the Wyre Forest to offer traditional day care activities.

Bosses say there are no decisions made yet on closing any buildings, and that if that were to happen it would require a fresh consultation.

They have set a target date of 18 months for es- tablishing a “new model” for day care services and meeting the savings target.

The move was approved by the Conservative cabinet on Thursday, despite bitter complaints from disabled people and their representatives.

Sam Waltho, from Wor- cestershire LINk, a body which signposts disabled people to services, said: “The county council has some very caring officers and councillors who are under tremendous pressure to balance the books.

“But implementing these changes as they stand will only add to future problems, which for some very vulnerable people could end in tragic circumstances – nobody wants that.”

During consultation over the summer, one key worry was that many disabled people fear losing friendships with fellow sufferers who visit day care buildings.

Councillor Adrian Hard- man, the leader of the county council, said: “I know how difficult this is for some carers and disabled people, who see these as unwelcome changes.

“But we have involved carers, users and carers representatives as much as possible. I do understand their concerns, but the fact is many councils moved to this way of operating 10 years ago.”

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7:53pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Argh!! says...

Can someone proofread this and get rid of the 5 extraneous hyphens. Am I the only one who gets annoyed at the regularity of this error?
Can someone proofread this and get rid of the 5 extraneous hyphens. Am I the only one who gets annoyed at the regularity of this error? Argh!!

10:39pm Sat 10 Nov 12

jb says...

Can someone read this and get rid of the blinkered, ignorant councillors who make these decisions, am I the only one who gets annoyed at their stupidity and discrimination?
Argh!! The content is far more important than any punctuation or grammatical error.
Can someone read this and get rid of the blinkered, ignorant councillors who make these decisions, am I the only one who gets annoyed at their stupidity and discrimination? Argh!! The content is far more important than any punctuation or grammatical error. jb

1:57am Sun 11 Nov 12

Biggles says...

If we haven't got the money, it can't be spent on nice things like this.
If we haven't got the money, it can't be spent on nice things like this. Biggles

8:08am Sun 11 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

Councillor Adrian Hardman “But we have involved carers, users and carers representatives as much as possible. I do understand their concerns.

NO he does not, like most who are making the decisions they have no idea what they are doing and letting the workers take the flack from the public.
The ring fenced money for these type of services has been taken off and its a free for all who gets any money now so it could be spent on useless projects or even changing road layouts, the care in the community has gone i fear and i think its bordering on prejudice how the disabled are being treated now with having the such severe cuts.
Councillor Adrian Hardman “But we have involved carers, users and carers representatives as much as possible. I do understand their concerns. NO he does not, like most who are making the decisions they have no idea what they are doing and letting the workers take the flack from the public. The ring fenced money for these type of services has been taken off and its a free for all who gets any money now so it could be spent on useless projects or even changing road layouts, the care in the community has gone i fear and i think its bordering on prejudice how the disabled are being treated now with having the such severe cuts. mayall8808

12:08am Mon 12 Nov 12

Jabbadad says...

They and those with anti disabled comments here have forgotten that we all have a DUTY OF CARE for the most vulnerable, and Worcestershire County Council regularly demonstrate that they forget more than most, since they (Cabinet members) cut without flinching services that will have detrimental affects for the Disabled and most vulnerable. the real reason being is that the County Council wish only to be Commissioners who handle just the money and NOT provide the services. They have increased the cost to attend Day Care centers from £8 to £69 per day, while there are Day Care Services being offered in the private sector for £35 which will include a lunch. So is it a RIP OFF or is it EXTORTION towards the vulnerable.
Whichever suits, these are actions by the Tory Councillors.
They and those with anti disabled comments here have forgotten that we all have a DUTY OF CARE for the most vulnerable, and Worcestershire County Council regularly demonstrate that they forget more than most, since they (Cabinet members) cut without flinching services that will have detrimental affects for the Disabled and most vulnerable. the real reason being is that the County Council wish only to be Commissioners who handle just the money and NOT provide the services. They have increased the cost to attend Day Care centers from £8 to £69 per day, while there are Day Care Services being offered in the private sector for £35 which will include a lunch. So is it a RIP OFF or is it EXTORTION towards the vulnerable. Whichever suits, these are actions by the Tory Councillors. Jabbadad

9:14am Mon 12 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

All these so called consultations are costing nearly as much as the service, what a waste of money again by these council Incompetant's
All these so called consultations are costing nearly as much as the service, what a waste of money again by these council Incompetant's mayall8808

10:31am Mon 12 Nov 12

Jabbadad says...

Here Here.
Here Here. Jabbadad

8:38pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Malaky says...

The most vulnerable are the priority for spending in a caring society.

Worcestershire Council prefer to spend where the votes are.

Says it all really, a council bereft of any moral compass.
The most vulnerable are the priority for spending in a caring society. Worcestershire Council prefer to spend where the votes are. Says it all really, a council bereft of any moral compass. Malaky

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