Care homes fears in cuts

1st Febuary 2011.'Campaigning disabled care home residents are presenting their case to protect funding for the service to Maureen Cummings, council cabinet member for adults and health. ''Location: Wakefield Town Hall steps 'Pictured: Laura Rawson with Maureen Cummings and John Proud.'Picture: Matthew Page
1st Febuary 2011.'Campaigning disabled care home residents are presenting their case to protect funding for the service to Maureen Cummings, council cabinet member for adults and health. ''Location: Wakefield Town Hall steps 'Pictured: Laura Rawson with Maureen Cummings and John Proud.'Picture: Matthew Page

CARE home residents worried about government cuts pleaded with council bosses setting the social care budget to “please remember us”.

John Proud and Laura Rawson, who live at Gateholme Care Home in Carr Gate, made the appeal in cards they made for Coun Maureen Cummings, the council’s cabinet member for adults and health.

Residents at the private care home benefit from trips away, classes and living support paid for by the local authority and charities.

Funding for the 49-bed home itself is not under threat, but the council is facing £67m of cuts over the next four years – and they are worried cash which helps them lead independent lives could be slashed.

Miss Rawson, who plans to launch her own business selling home made cards, said: “It is really important to us and if the money is taken away we won’t be able to do anything.”

Mr Proud said: “Please remember us when you set your budget for this year.”

Katie Addinell, activities co-ordinator at the home on New Bradford Road, contacted the council after a campaign to protect the funding was launched by the Learning Disabilities Coalition.

She said: “We just wanted to express how important it is.”

Coun Cummings said: “I think what Katie is doing is smashing. Supporting the most vulnerable in society is a priority for us and I have a special passion for helping people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.”

She said council bosses were setting the budget for 2011-12 after a round of public spending cuts by the coalition government.

Coun Cummings added: “The issue is how to deliver care services. The cuts are going to effect frontline services.

“But it is our number one priority and we will continue to find innovative ways of supporting people in care homes and supported living accommodation around the district.”