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‘How ill do people have to be?’ - adult care cuts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

Gill Farrington

Gill Farrington

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A CHAMPION for older people has said she is ‘outraged’ at council proposals which will cut £60 million from its adult care services budget.

Gill Farrington, chairman of South Derbyshire Forum, hit back at Derbyshire County Council which has now agreed to make the cuts which will change or reduce its adult care services as part of an overall plan to meet £157 million of budget cuts by 2018.

The council will now change who qualifies for council care and support at home by raising the eligibility threshold from `higher moderate’ to `substantial’ level .

People will also now have to pay more towards their care and support, as well as paying a flat rate charge of £5 per day for transport to take them to and from activities.

Mrs Farrington said: “Older people always feel like they are a nuisance. People are still going to lose their homes because most people won’t be able to afford these cuts.

“I am absolutely outraged. How ill do you have to be to get care?
“I am amazed they have the bare-faced cheek to come up with this.”

The council has asked for further consideration to be given to the level of the increase people will have to pay for their care and improving the level of income protection for some.

Clare Neill, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The county council is facing massive budget pressures like never before and the sad fact is that we have no choice but to make cuts to some services.

“I have worked tirelessly over the last few months to find ways of mitigating the impact of some of the proposed cuts to adult care. I have talked to individuals who may be affected to try to find different ways of doing things and softening the blow.

“We will now do more work around the amount people will have to pay for adult care services. We will also be looking to try to iron out any discrepancies between how much young people with disabilities will have to pay compared to older people.”

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