Future Lives consultation on cuts to care services ends today

VULNERABLE people in Worcestershire are staging a protest and have launched a petition against a plan to cut care services.

Sarah Webster and Lisa Jarvis have care workers who help them in their daily lives, but as part of the Future Lives Programme they will no longer be able to get the help they need because of cuts by Worcestershire County Council to their housing provider Bromsgrove District Housing Trust.

But a spokesman from the county council said the plan, which is in the consultation phase, was not targetting care workers as part of proposals to slash investment in supporting people from £15 million to £6.5 million, although it does plan to cut funding to organisations that may provide these services.

Miss Webster, who suffers with autism, said: “I was in a relationship for 15 years - he paid the bills and sorted out our daily lives and when we split that’s when I had a breakdown and my care worker came in and sorted everything out for me. But now that’s being taken away, my life is going to come crashing down again.”

Miss Jarvis, who has mental health problems, said as part of the help they receive the care workers organise bills, help with debt, take them shopping, to school meetings and doctors, and are there in a social and professional capacity to keep them in society. They are our guardian angels.

Mark Robertson, managing director of the housing trust, said that without funding to run support services they will have to charge users.

He said: “If we do nothing, these services will cease in three months. We are hugely uncomfortable withdrawing these services from our customers, who either need them now, or in the future.”

The women have launched an online petition - ipetitions.com/petition/save-our-support - and are holding a protest outside County Hall, from 10am on Tuesday the last day of consultation.

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10:46am Tue 21 Jan 14

jb says...

But a spokesman from the county council said the plan, which is in the consultation phase, was not targetting care workers as part of proposals to slash investment in supporting people from £15 million to £6.5 million, although it does plan to cut funding to organisations that may provide these services.

They pay someone at the county council to give insulting statements like this? He obviously doesn't understand the consequences of cutting funding to the care support providers then?!!
But a spokesman from the county council said the plan, which is in the consultation phase, was not targetting care workers as part of proposals to slash investment in supporting people from £15 million to £6.5 million, although it does plan to cut funding to organisations that may provide these services. They pay someone at the county council to give insulting statements like this? He obviously doesn't understand the consequences of cutting funding to the care support providers then?!! jb

2:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

WJS1950 says...

Well done to those people who are taking action and trying to make their voices heard. We need more of these protests to take place on the doorstep of County Hall, and not just for the reason of service cuts, but also for the way in which this council is run (i.e. wasteful, inefficient and ineffective).

If council staff were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the public and the effect cuts in services are having, they'd do the honourable and moral thing and take a voluntary salary cut to prop up, even save, some services. Even if they took a 10-15% pay cut, staff would still have more than a generous amount left to live a more than comfortably life off. You only need to see the car park at County Hall to get an idea of their vast salaries, with Mercedes, BMWs, Audis and big off roaders littering the site like some posh motor show, while I've never seen so many personalised number plates! And no, I wasn't stalking, I just happen to walk my daughter's dog in the area now and then, and you can;t help but fail to notice these indicators of large salaries.
Well done to those people who are taking action and trying to make their voices heard. We need more of these protests to take place on the doorstep of County Hall, and not just for the reason of service cuts, but also for the way in which this council is run (i.e. wasteful, inefficient and ineffective). If council staff were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the public and the effect cuts in services are having, they'd do the honourable and moral thing and take a voluntary salary cut to prop up, even save, some services. Even if they took a 10-15% pay cut, staff would still have more than a generous amount left to live a more than comfortably life off. You only need to see the car park at County Hall to get an idea of their vast salaries, with Mercedes, BMWs, Audis and big off roaders littering the site like some posh motor show, while I've never seen so many personalised number plates! And no, I wasn't stalking, I just happen to walk my daughter's dog in the area now and then, and you can;t help but fail to notice these indicators of large salaries. WJS1950

6:44pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

It is sad that individuals are having to pay the price of disclosing their personal health and social journeys, in order for those fortunate to be be comfortable to get even an inkling of discomfort. Assurances of duty of care and risk management would far more helpful than a finely tuned soundbite.
If the figures were shared consulted on appropriately I am sure the community would oblige. Sadly, political dogma and penny pinching accounts for the lack of compassion. Those that are able should not remain silent on behalf of the voiceless.
It is sad that individuals are having to pay the price of disclosing their personal health and social journeys, in order for those fortunate to be be comfortable to get even an inkling of discomfort. Assurances of duty of care and risk management would far more helpful than a finely tuned soundbite. If the figures were shared consulted on appropriately I am sure the community would oblige. Sadly, political dogma and penny pinching accounts for the lack of compassion. Those that are able should not remain silent on behalf of the voiceless. DOEPUBLIC

6:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

It should also be noted that a lot of carers do not have an option of travel allowances or the privilege of the latest technology and premises.
Vision should be beyond the future lives of political careers and towards a compassionate community.
It should also be noted that a lot of carers do not have an option of travel allowances or the privilege of the latest technology and premises. Vision should be beyond the future lives of political careers and towards a compassionate community. DOEPUBLIC

8:56pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mrfade says...

This is so sad , no appalling. Several months ago members of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Action Group .( HWAG) went to county hall to ask councillors not to agree to spend £1.8 million on preparation works at the proposed incinerator site and to look at cheaper alternatives, This request was ignored, but prior to this HWAG members said they were deeply saddened and humbled, to see 6 or 7 severely disabled people and carers/ families PLEAD with WCC not to cut about £1.4 million ( approx. 26%) from the care budget. They struggled in to County Hall in wheel chairs etc. The cabinet voted to slash the £1.4 million from care and spend the £1.8 million, on the incinerator site but still can't say what on.
I guess they think that there aren't enough disabled voters to make a difference. It's down to the rest of us to show them what 's what. Last week Labour and Lib Dem Cllrs voted to support the Tories in increasing the waste budget by up to £6 million per annum, we already pay £38 million pa. Yet are cutting £120 million from public services. It seems that they do not care a jot.. The question is do we?
This is so sad , no appalling. Several months ago members of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Action Group .( HWAG) went to county hall to ask councillors not to agree to spend £1.8 million on preparation works at the proposed incinerator site and to look at cheaper alternatives, This request was ignored, but prior to this HWAG members said they were deeply saddened and humbled, to see 6 or 7 severely disabled people and carers/ families PLEAD with WCC not to cut about £1.4 million ( approx. 26%) from the care budget. They struggled in to County Hall in wheel chairs etc. The cabinet voted to slash the £1.4 million from care and spend the £1.8 million, on the incinerator site but still can't say what on. I guess they think that there aren't enough disabled voters to make a difference. It's down to the rest of us to show them what 's what. Last week Labour and Lib Dem Cllrs voted to support the Tories in increasing the waste budget by up to £6 million per annum, we already pay £38 million pa. Yet are cutting £120 million from public services. It seems that they do not care a jot.. The question is do we? Mrfade

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