The Liberal Democrat Group on Redcar and Cleveland Council have called on the ruling Labour Group to review cuts to services for elderly and vulnerable people.
of the ‘Homecall’ contract, currently worth £680,000 to social housing provider
Coast and Country, will see thousands of residents charged for the crucial
pull-cord lifeline which allows them to live independently. Liberal Democrats
fear that removing the subsidy will endanger the freedom and security of the
Borough’s most vulnerable and could bring an end to the service
Cllr Mary Ovens, Liberal Democrat Group Deputy Leader and
Shadow Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, has today written to Council
Leader George Dunning and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Sheelagh
Clarke, imploring them to reconsider this potentially damaging
In March this year Grant Shapps, Minister for Housing and Local
Government, wrote to council leaders to inform them that although funding was no
longer ring-fenced, the budget for Supporting People had not been significantly
reduced and that councils were still expected to invest in housing-related
Cllr Ovens commented:
“This decision by the
Labour Group will leave vulnerable people isolated and alone; at risk of losing
“The policy could see thousands of vulnerable people
abandoned by the Council they rely on for support.
“I urge the Council to
think again on this.”
Ian Swales, MP for Redcar added:
counterproductive to remove a service that enables people to continue living
independently in their own homes particularly in light of the Council’s long
term social care policy.
“I hope the Council will reconsider this
decision in light of the letter from Housing Minister Grant Shapps, which
established the maintenance of budgets for this area."
Ian has set up a petition on line. Please take the time to have a look and sign the petition. The
more pressure we put on the council to protect this vital service for our
community the more likely it is to succeed.