Give Your Views On £9m Adult Social Care Cuts

Council is seeking views before making changes

Views are being sought on plans to save around £9m on adult social care in Merton during the next four years.

Merton Council is proposing the changes as part of £32m in cuts it says it needs to make across its services before the end of 2019.

The cuts proposed in adult social care is despite an anticipated 9% increase in population of older people in 2015-2020 and an expected 5% increase in people with learning disabilities.

Saving areas identified include saving £200,000 from day services for those with learning disabilities. The council proposes to make these changes through staff reduction, increased use of volunteers and changes to transport provision.

It also proposes closing down the Civic Centre-based Merton Adult Access Team, which carries out needs assessments -the first step towards getting help and support.

It also plans to review and re-adjust care and support packages more frequently.

Feeback on the plans is being taken by email until February 2 - email: An online survey is available at: Online survey.

A petition against the changes is also taking names on the following link: Adult social care petition.

January 23, 2015