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‘Cutbacks will help council protect most vulnerable’
8:54am Friday 25th May 2012 in News
PEOPLE who are so ill, elderly or disabled that they have trouble preparing a meal for themselves or taking a bath will be hit by York council cuts in care services, Liberal Democrat councillors have claimed.
Such residents will now have to pay for their own care and support, and those who can’t afford to pay will have to do as best they can without, said the party’s spokesperson for health, housing and adult social services, Coun Ian Cuthbertson.
“Under changes now being recommended by Labour’s Cabinet, financial support will be withdrawn from residents with so-called ‘moderate’ needs. This group includes older people, people with learning disabilities and disabled people who receive support to help with home care services or are supported to attend day activities.”
But Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, Labour’s cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said the changes would enable the council to protect those who were most vulnerable.
“We have calculated that to continue to provide services to people in the moderate, substantial and critical bands it would cost us an additional £3.7m next year, in addition to the £37m already spent on adult social care,” she said. “Removing ‘moderate’ from our eligibility criteria will not save us all of the £3.7m but it would enable us to protect those who are most vulnerable.”