Liberal Democrat leader hits out at plans

Coun Jeanette Sunderland

Coun Jeanette Sunderland

First published in News

Bradford Council has been criticised for “condemning lots of people to long-term loneliness” after proposing to move the bar higher for vulnerable and elderly people receiving help in the home.

Proposals by the Council to reset the Fair Access to Care (FACS) guidelines so those with moderate needs do not get help to which they are currently entitled would mean 2,000 people losing out, including 788 aged 18 to 64 and 1,290 aged 65 or over, making a saving of £1.57 million a year for the Council.

The FACS guidelines help determine a person’s care needs and whether an individual is eligible for a service from the Council to help them live at home independently.

People can be assessed as either low, moderate, substantial or critical across the district.

But the proposals going to the Council’s Executive on Tuesday would ask councillors to either: l agree to a three-month public consultation to change the FACS criteria to start at substantial and critical, rather than moderate, or l leave eligibility levels as they are and find savings from within adult social care budgets or the wider Council.

The proposals said a growing older population and limited resources meant the Council was looking at targeting social care at those in greatest need.

Councillor Jeanette Sunderland (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) said the benchmark should remain at moderate. She said cutting help for 2,000 people with moderate needs would affect those managing to live at home independently, and would affect the elderly who needed help getting washed and dressed.

She said: “This is not a subsidy for a football field or a theatre ticket, this is day-to-day help and it is unacceptable to change it.

“We have just spent £28 million on a City Park and are trying to save £1.57 million on this. These people would either become incredibly lonely or alternatively they would need to become critical to get help.

“We are unique in Bradford that we help people like this and we are against this changing.”

Coun Amir Hussain (Lab), the Council’s portfolio holder for adult services, said: “This is an incredibly important issue for all the people of Bradford – not just those people that are currently accessing care.

“We need to make sure that we are helping those who most need our help and improving our already- strong focus on preventive support.”

Coun Hussain said he was unsure what Coun Sunderland’s issues were.

“It is going out to consultation and gives us an opportunity to hear from people and what they want to see,” he said. “What Coun Sunderland needs to understand is that 85 per cent of authorities up and down the country have removed ‘moderate’.

“We will wait and see what the outcome of the consultation is.”

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11:34am Wed 9 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

Interesting to see a councillor quoting £28 million for City Park when we keep being told it was near the £24m budget!
Interesting to see a councillor quoting £28 million for City Park when we keep being told it was near the £24m budget! angry bradfordian
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12:11pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

Interesting that once again the Council are targeting the old and the vulnerable. Two years ago, the price of meals on wheels were almost doubled. To some old people this was their only contact throughout the week. Last year, the semi-sheltered housing lost their wardens which left the ill and vulnerable without a close contact. Incidentally, the people who used this service did pay towards it so it was not free. Now even more cuts for the people who are struggling to live independently, which is such a shame.
Interesting that once again the Council are targeting the old and the vulnerable. Two years ago, the price of meals on wheels were almost doubled. To some old people this was their only contact throughout the week. Last year, the semi-sheltered housing lost their wardens which left the ill and vulnerable without a close contact. Incidentally, the people who used this service did pay towards it so it was not free. Now even more cuts for the people who are struggling to live independently, which is such a shame. Yorkshire Lass
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1:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

The obvious says...

Well done Bradford council. Well done to the idiots of Bradford who just vote these morons in and each time they get in they screw the services and ruin the city more then before.

Round of applause to the fools running the council and the fools who vote em in.

Give yourselves a slap on back for **** up after **** up.
Well done Bradford council. Well done to the idiots of Bradford who just vote these morons in and each time they get in they screw the services and ruin the city more then before. Round of applause to the fools running the council and the fools who vote em in. Give yourselves a slap on back for **** up after **** up. The obvious
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4:07pm Wed 9 Jan 13

The obvious says...

The obvious wrote:
Well done Bradford council. Well done to the idiots of Bradford who just vote these morons in and each time they get in they screw the services and ruin the city more then before.

Round of applause to the fools running the council and the fools who vote em in.

Give yourselves a slap on back for **** up after **** up.
I repeat ; go on give yourself a slap on your back
[quote][p][bold]The obvious[/bold] wrote: Well done Bradford council. Well done to the idiots of Bradford who just vote these morons in and each time they get in they screw the services and ruin the city more then before. Round of applause to the fools running the council and the fools who vote em in. Give yourselves a slap on back for **** up after **** up.[/p][/quote]I repeat ; go on give yourself a slap on your back The obvious
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