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Controversial cuts consultation ends with almost 3,000 responses
4:12pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014 in News
NEARLY 3,000 responses have been received during a consultation about controversial cuts.
The consultation on Future Lives by Worcestershire County Council has attracted feedback from around 100 events, drawing in more than 1,500 people.
The consultation ended on Tuesday (January 21) and officers are now collating the responses into a report which will be going to three cabinet members to make decisions about the future of services on February 12.
Delegated powers have been given to Councillor Sheila Blagg (adult social care), Cllr Liz Eyre (children and families) and Cllr Marcus Hart (health and well-being) so they can make the decision. The paper being published will be available on the website a week before the decision is made.
Controversy has centred particularly on the warden services for people in sheltered accommodation with some families fearing a return to "Dickensian days". However, those with physical disabilities, mental health problems and the homeless could be among those who lose out in the cuts which will inevitably follow the consultation.
Worcestershire County Council needs to save £30million in 2014/15 and then about £25million per year until at least 2016/17. The council will continue to invest around £6.5million a year in prevention, early help and other support, down from £15 million.
Cllr Sheila Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has responded to this consultation and assure everyone that their views will be taken into account as we make a decision on how to spend the Budget going forward."
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