Worcestershire County Council are consulting on a policy to cap adult social care expenditure at the cost of a care home placement. This will force thousands of care service users to choose between living with unmet care needs, or moving out of their homes and into an institution. Worcestershire’s consultation is scant on detail, it does not discuss the savings it proposes to make and it does not explain how it will address the huge equality and human rights issues raised by this policy. This policy, if passed, would set a very worrying precedent for the rest of the country. The Spartacus Campaign have produced a report, a summary report and a blog post expressing their concerns. You can respond to the consultation here.
Worcestershire County Council (WCC) are consulting on a policy to cap the maximum cost it will spend on care services at the cost of placing a person in a care home. If you feel bothered by this proposal, it would be great if you respond to Worcestershire’s consultation on it, and perhaps your MP as well. Contact details for both follow below.
‘If my local authority cuts my care package or demands I transfer to NHS care (because they regard using a ventilator as the trigger for health services), I lose control of my life. I might have to leave parliament, or give up work altogether (because I need social care direct payments to do everything, from eating a sandwich to delivering a speech). I am only a few bureaucratic decisions away from returning to the inequality I endured at 18.’
This policy sets back progress on the rights of disabled and older people by decades. It will have major human rights implications. And it will have major financial implications. Yet Worcestershire County Council have not even given any costings for how much this policy will save them, have not demonstrated that such savings are urgently necessary or discussed what other options they have considered. I asked Worcestershire for this information and more three weeks ago and received no reply. This truly is a very poor quality consultation; others have been struck down by the courts for failing to provide this information. Nowhere else in the country currently operates a policy like this, but if Worcestershire’s goes through it will set a very dangerous precedent indeed.
Here’s how to respond to the Consultation
Worcestershire only supply a postal address for responses:
Freepost SWC 1253
Worcestershire County Council
ACS – MEP
County Hall, Spetchley Road,
Worcester, WR5 2NP
However, the council confirmed to me (via twitter) that you can send your responses to this email address, but please mark your email clearly “MEP Consultation Reponse” email@example.com.
If you live in Worcestershire and would like to contact your MP, their contact details can be found here:
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