Care providers to discuss council’s proposed cuts

Workers and employers in the care sector are being urged to have their say on £30m worth of proposed cuts to Telford & Wrekin Council’s budget at a special meeting next week.

cwdp spic joint logoShropshire Partners in Care, which represents more than 200 independent nursing, residential and domiciliary care companies, has organised a consultation with leading council figures on February 3 in a bid to protect the level of care funding.

Finance and Service Delivery Cabinet Lead Councillor Lee Carter, Clive Jones, Family, Cohesion and Commissioning Assistant Director, and Richard Smith, the Adult Social Services Assistant Director, will attend the meeting at SPIC’s Telford office at Denby House, Stafford Park, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

SPIC’s Interim Chief Officer Nicky Jaques said it was vital that care providers and workers spoke up about the problems any cuts would cause.

“The care sector in Telford & Wrekin is already under immense pressure with many providers struggling to provide quality care on the rates currently paid by the council that already falls below the recommended hourly rate of £15.74*,” she explained.

“One of the proposals mooted by the council is to offer no fee increase to care providers in the next financial year and to look at each case on an individual basis. With the Living Wage already coming into force this year resulting in an increased wage bill, employers will be stretched even further.”

Nicky added: “Cuts to the social care budget will make the existing bad situation even worse. We know the council has a tough job but jeopardising the care sector that supports our elderly and vulnerable people is not the solution.

“We would like the council to hear firsthand from care providers about the reality of operating in the sector and the potentially dangerous consequences any cuts would have.”

To book a place at the consultation event, contact Sophie Price on sprice@spic.co.uk or 01743 860011. The council is also running a consultation survey at http://www.telford.gov.uk/budget.

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