WE DEMAND JOHN BIGGS TO SCRAP CHARGES FOR ADULT SOCIAL CARE ON THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE!
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Despite the Chancellor’s Spring Budget delivering an additional £2 billion for adult social care over the period 2017/18 to 2019/20, Mayor John Biggs made the decision to charge for adult social care services, which were historically free in Tower Hamlets.
In the Local Account of Adult Social Care in Tower Hamlets 2017, Mayor Biggs acknowledged that in Tower Hamlets, “we have high levels of need” and in a newspaper article about the council’s budget proposal for 2018/19, he said, “We are putting the protection of the most vulnerable members of our community at the heart of these budget proposals.”
Clearly, this is not true.
· Approximately 3,500 adults in Tower Hamlets receive support from social care at any one time
· 18% purchase their own care and support services using a “direct payment”, paid to them by the Council
· Around 81% of people who receive support are living at home
· Around 51% receive “home care”
The devastating decision to charge for adult care services in Tower Hamlets has affected crucial support to vulnerable and elderly people, including:
· Home care
· Extra Care Sheltered
· Day support
· Supported living
· Personal budgets
Cllr Abdul Asad, Chair of People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH) was Lead Member for Adult Social Care for 4 years and prevented these charges being introduced.
Tower Hamlets is home to many residents that depend on the care services that have been offered free of charge for years. Unless these charges are scrapped, the outlook for our most vulnerable residents is bleak; it will make them poorer, leave them feeling isolated and adversely affect their well-being as a result.
Cllr Rabina Khan (PATH Group Leader) says “Mayor Biggs has yet again proved that he is not interested in safeguarding frontline services and is imposing these charges on the vulnerable to plug the gaps in his mismanagement of the budget, while he and other executives receive inflated salaries.”
Please join us in questioning the Mayor and his Labour colleagues on their justification for making such a decision.
For further information regarding the Home Care charges and whom it will affect, please click on the link below:
Cllr Rabina Khan
Kazi Shahanara Begum
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