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Council delays decision on care criteria
A council decision which could mean thousands of people losing out on help with everyday needs, has been delayed until October.
Bradford Council has been consulting residents about changing the Fair Access to Care criteria from 'moderate' to 'substantial' or 'critical' and it was due to go to the Executive for a decision on September 17.
But to allow more time for the matter to be scrutinised first, it will now be going to the Executive's October meeting instead. If changes go ahead it could affect thousands who currently get care under the ‘moderate’ benchmark.
The postponement has cheered Liberal Democrats who, if the date had stayed the same, would have been at their Lib Dem Conference.
Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Council, who has been calling for an immediate suspension of the consultation which she wants to remain at moderate, said she would have abandoned the national conference in favour of the Executive meeting if she had to.
As a response to the threat of cuts and in the hope of blocking any, the Liberal Democrats unveiled a Bradford Cares campaign.
Bradford East MP David Ward, Scope and other charities have backed the campaign which is also supported by Bradford and District Disabled People's Forum.
The delay on the decision also means people now have longer to make their views known in an online survey to collate information about how social care is delivered in homes across Bradford. The survey started just days after it was reported that home carers are being given just 15 minutes at a time to wash, cook, and care for the elderly.
Council leader Coun David Green and Coun Amir Hussain, the executive member responsible for adult services, have been invited to Carlisle Business Centre on Wednesday, September 11, to receive a petition against any changes containing hundreds of names from Bradford District Disabled People's Forum.
And on September 30 a delegation including MP Mr Ward and representatives from the Forum will be going to the House of Commons to meet health minister Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) to make a similar presentation and show a DVD of Bradfordians revealing how they fear their lives will be hit if only people with substantial or critical needs get help to complete tasks like getting washed and dressed.