Councillor is outraged at report decision over care for vulnerable people in Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Councillor is outraged at report decision over care for vulnerable people in Bradford
A senior politician has been left “outraged” by Bradford Council’s decision not to allow scrutiny of plans to change the help available to the district’s most vulnerable people before it goes to the Council’s decision-making Executive.
Tomorrow the Council’s executive will look at the controversial plans to change the Fair Access to Care benchmark to ‘possible critical’ or ‘substantial’ from its ‘moderate’ benchmark, which could affect the amount of help the most vulnerable, elderly and disabled get in the home from carers.
The FACS consultation ended weeks ago and is now being put before the executive, but the plans to change the benchmark have been opposed by the Liberal Democrats and a 900-petition against the changes was handed to Council Leader, Councillor David Green, just days ago.
He was at a meeting of the Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum with Coun Amir Hussain, the executive member for Adult Services, to hear people voice their concerns about what changing the benchmark could mean.
Coun Mike Gibbons, (Con, Ikley) the chairman of the Health and Social Care Overview Scrutiny Committee (HSCOSC), wrote to Coun Hussain to request that the committee receive a report on the findings of the FACS consultation prior to its consideration by Executive. But Coun Hussain, in response, said that “at the 2012 Council Annual General Meeting it was agreed to abolish pre scrutiny”.
“Hence I am afraid I have no choice but to say no to your request,” Coun Hussain added.
This has left Coun Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Council, fellow HSCOSC member and a vocal opponent against the proposed changes, incensed. She said: “It’s quite outrageous that executive members are acting in this way.
“The Council should be open and transparent in its processes.”
Council leader Coun David Green said that Scrutiny could look at the decision once it had gone to executive.
“Once executive have made the decision it can be changed through the scrutiny process,” he said.
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