Call For Change Of Heart On Adult Social Care Cuts

Plans will reduce care at two South Wimbledon centres

Conservative councillors are calling on Merton Council to change its mind over plans to cut day care support for adults as part of a £9m savings package.

The council is proposing saving £200,000 on the costs of day care support at its High Path and All Saints centres in South Wimbledon as part of a plan to save £9m on the cost of adult social care.

The cuts proposed are open to public consultation until Monday (February 2).

Now Conservative Councillors Gilli Lewis-Lavender, Adul Latif and Daniel Holden have put forward a motion to the full council meeting on Wednesday (February 4) calling for changes in the proposals.

Conservative Health and Older People Spokesman, Councillor Lewis-Lavender says the spending cuts come despite: "An estimated 9% increase in the older population of Merton between 2015 and 2020 and a projected increase of around 5% in the number of residents with learning disabilities over that period.

"At the same time, the current administration is choosing to explore spending £7million on the introduction of wheeled bins to the borough despite this being rejected in 2011 following a detailed and in depth review by a cross-party Scrutiny task group. Wheeled bins also tend to be more problematic for older and disabled residents to use."

The motion proposes that "this Council therefore resolves to urge Cabinet to:

  • Reject the £200,000 cut to day care support for disabled adults provided at the High Path and All Saints day centres, which the administration has chosen to bring forward, and ask officers to identify alternative efficiency savings for 2015-16 that do not impact on front line services; and
  • Ensure there is additional scrutiny by the Overview and Scrutiny Commission or the relevant panel of the £9million of new savings proposals in Adult Social Care which were recently under consultation."

January 29, 2015

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