Bradford Council prepares for cuts to social care

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Council prepares for cuts to social care Bradford Council prepares for cuts to social care

Social care teams are making final preparations for a controversial cut in care for the elderly and disabled.

From next month, adults who receive ‘moderate’ care from Bradford Council – such as help to carry out personal care or domestic routines – will need to find support elsewhere under plans which could save the authority £1.4 million.

In future, Bradford Council will only provide or pay for care for people who have needs assessed as ‘substantial’ or ‘critical’.

The change, expected to affect up to 2,000 people in the district, faced huge opposition from Bradford and District Disabled People’s Forum and local Liberal Democrats, including Bradford East MP David Ward.

Now a new report reveals the behind-the-scenes work being done ahead of the roll-out. The report, by strategic director of adult and community services Janice Simpson, says much of the work is designed to mitigate the effects of the changes on those who could lose some or all of their care.

It says staff in the Council’s adult services team have been given refresher training on the new threshold so it can be applied consistently across the district. Those who are likely to lose their eligibility for care will then be given a comprehensive review of their support needs.

The report says: “Where they are deemed no longer eligible, they will be provided with every support to organise any ongoing support they may wish to purchase from their disability-related benefits.”

A hotline which people call to enquire about social care is also being boosted, with extra staff taken on to improve call answering rates. Councillor Amir Hussain (Lab), executive member for adult services, said reassessments would be carried out gradually in a process which could take up to a year.

He said: “We are expecting a smooth transfer but a lot will depend on what happens when we reassess people.

“I don’t really see any issues we can’t overcome.”

Mr Ward said while he still disagreed with the changes, he welcomed the efforts made to ease the transition.

He said: “It’s a confusing time for many people in terms of what they will actually receive, and it’s quite right that the local authority should devote extra resources to that.”

The report will be discussed at the next meeting of the Council’s Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny meeting, on Thursday.

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6:21am Mon 24 Mar 14

collos25 says...

The rich get richer and the poor, elderly,vulnerable and infirmed can go to hell that's what this council stands for,
The rich get richer and the poor, elderly,vulnerable and infirmed can go to hell that's what this council stands for, collos25
  • Score: -3

6:38am Mon 24 Mar 14

Albion. says...

I wonder if this will actually result in a saving, when some people will obviously deteriorate or have accidents that require expensive help.
I wonder if this will actually result in a saving, when some people will obviously deteriorate or have accidents that require expensive help. Albion.
  • Score: 9

7:16am Mon 24 Mar 14

eccleshilllad says...

Why is it Bradford council always pick on the weak,vulnerable and people who are unable to stand up for them selves ,they are already taking some of the disability money from people with special needs who need transport to the place they receive there care this is costing some disabled people £20 + a week.Yet children who misbehave and are no longer allowed to attend mainstream schools are provided with FREE taxis too and from their place of education it is all wrong, Does anybody at Bradford council actually try defend the disabled and elderly because it does not appear so .Hence why no councilor has seen fit to comment on your piece.They have hit the easy targets who wont or cant fight back first.YET ANOTHER FIRST CLASS POLICY .Hope they can claim their extortionate expenses with a clear conscience.
Why is it Bradford council always pick on the weak,vulnerable and people who are unable to stand up for them selves ,they are already taking some of the disability money from people with special needs who need transport to the place they receive there care this is costing some disabled people £20 + a week.Yet children who misbehave and are no longer allowed to attend mainstream schools are provided with FREE taxis too and from their place of education it is all wrong, Does anybody at Bradford council actually try defend the disabled and elderly because it does not appear so .Hence why no councilor has seen fit to comment on your piece.They have hit the easy targets who wont or cant fight back first.YET ANOTHER FIRST CLASS POLICY .Hope they can claim their extortionate expenses with a clear conscience. eccleshilllad
  • Score: 2

7:37am Mon 24 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Council don't care anymore!! Save money my bonus
Council don't care anymore!! Save money my bonus bd7 helper
  • Score: 0

9:45am Mon 24 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Never mind, the Tories have provided a solution. Cash in your pension pot to provide for the care your NI payments should have bought you. Some private Tory owned 'service' company will be glad to rip you off.
Never mind, the Tories have provided a solution. Cash in your pension pot to provide for the care your NI payments should have bought you. Some private Tory owned 'service' company will be glad to rip you off. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 2

9:53am Mon 24 Mar 14

G_Firth says...

Ho Hell No this is totally outrageous and fully unacceptable.
We should be stepping up care not cutting it after the latest report that some are only getting a quick 5 minute wipe down.
They ring fence 13 million on a cycle track between Bradford and Leeds, then have the gall to cut essential services.
Are the respective parties for real they are all one in the same and this just proves it the sooner we get some bloody common sense into office the better.
ROLL ON MAY 22nd the sooner it gets here the better in my opinion
Ho Hell No this is totally outrageous and fully unacceptable. We should be stepping up care not cutting it after the latest report that some are only getting a quick 5 minute wipe down. They ring fence 13 million on a cycle track between Bradford and Leeds, then have the gall to cut essential services. Are the respective parties for real they are all one in the same and this just proves it the sooner we get some bloody common sense into office the better. ROLL ON MAY 22nd the sooner it gets here the better in my opinion G_Firth
  • Score: 7

10:26am Mon 24 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

The decisions made by Bradford Council are irrational and unfair.

There are 90 elected councillors on Bradford MDC. How can they allow nonsense decisions such as this one about cutting care?

Council Leader David Green has a tough job to do managing the budget.
An immediate reduction of £37 million has to be made in the 2014-15 year, according to the council's own figures, followed by £52 million in 2015-16.

The first question to ask is how are the priorities decided about who gets what?

It looks as if Bradford Council has become too unwieldy for it's own good. Time to break the council into at least two separate parts. Having as many as 90 councillors sitting in the council chamber in City Hall is too big a number.
The decisions made by Bradford Council are irrational and unfair. There are 90 elected councillors on Bradford MDC. How can they allow nonsense decisions such as this one about cutting care? Council Leader David Green has a tough job to do managing the budget. An immediate reduction of £37 million has to be made in the 2014-15 year, according to the council's own figures, followed by £52 million in 2015-16. The first question to ask is how are the priorities decided about who gets what? It looks as if Bradford Council has become too unwieldy for it's own good. Time to break the council into at least two separate parts. Having as many as 90 councillors sitting in the council chamber in City Hall is too big a number. pjl20
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Banni2 says...

What the council should realise is that pensioners are ardent voters, at our time of life welfare is very important and we have very long memories. So don't get too comfortable in your council forums because we'll be after you with our votes.
Leave the sick and disabled alone.
What the council should realise is that pensioners are ardent voters, at our time of life welfare is very important and we have very long memories. So don't get too comfortable in your council forums because we'll be after you with our votes. Leave the sick and disabled alone. Banni2
  • Score: 4

5:26pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

Bradford Council is a disgrace. Not the first time that the old, disabled and vulnerable have been targeted. Unless I am mistaken, recent reports stated that the council are holding millions in reserve, also a lot of schools have millions which they have not yet spent. I think the time is right now to have the "books" audited and then they can explain how these figures have been accrued. Now that would be interesting reading for the people of Bradford who are bottom of the league in most surveys.
Bradford Council is a disgrace. Not the first time that the old, disabled and vulnerable have been targeted. Unless I am mistaken, recent reports stated that the council are holding millions in reserve, also a lot of schools have millions which they have not yet spent. I think the time is right now to have the "books" audited and then they can explain how these figures have been accrued. Now that would be interesting reading for the people of Bradford who are bottom of the league in most surveys. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Mon 24 Mar 14

aje2010 says...

tut tut tut, Bradford council saving money by reducing Care, when only last week I read that councillors had paid over £16,000 in NCP car parking fees (on top of their allocated car parking permits).
What a total disgrace!!!
tut tut tut, Bradford council saving money by reducing Care, when only last week I read that councillors had paid over £16,000 in NCP car parking fees (on top of their allocated car parking permits). What a total disgrace!!! aje2010
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Viwinner says...

This government is waging an economic war upon its own citizens the weapons are austerity and they are quiet weapons but the effects are just the same in a normal war the first to go are the weak and vulnerable we must stop this money is created out of thin air and loaned to the government with interest these very same banks have stolen the tax money QE and bail outs thanks labour people need to stand up and rail against this like they are doing in Spain now including old and vulnerable people http://www.washingto
ntimes.com/news/2012
/nov/8/in-spain-they
re-never-too-old-for
-a-revolution-sen/?p
age=3
This government is waging an economic war upon its own citizens the weapons are austerity and they are quiet weapons but the effects are just the same in a normal war the first to go are the weak and vulnerable we must stop this money is created out of thin air and loaned to the government with interest these very same banks have stolen the tax money QE and bail outs thanks labour people need to stand up and rail against this like they are doing in Spain now including old and vulnerable people http://www.washingto ntimes.com/news/2012 /nov/8/in-spain-they re-never-too-old-for -a-revolution-sen/?p age=3 Viwinner
  • Score: 1

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