Many families in Lancashire depend on council funding of residential care for their elderly and disabled relatives which is now at risk. When their relatives become severely disabled or too elderly and infirm to look after themselves, the council has in the past stepped in by offering a place in a residential home with qualified staff to care for them.
This is about to change were the emphasis will be on keeping people at home based on financial cuts by the council not the persons care requirements.
If they are unable to pay for this care they may be unable to access it in the coming financial year. In the 2019/20 budget the conservative-run Lancashire County Council will be reducing funding available for residential care, looking for cheaper options instead. Over £3million will be removed from the budget for residential care over the next 4 years. Over £77 million of cuts will be taken off the council budget in 2019/20 due to the 60% reduction in central government funding, the rate support grant.
In addition to elderly people face an increase of 14% increase in home care support charges, 15% increase in day centre charges, home maintenance services stopped and a reduction in carer staff support. Any one of these may tip the balance, but altogether may force people into residential care homes.
Councillor Jean Parr, Labour spokesperson Adult Care Services said “These savage cuts will put the onus on families to provide care for their elderly and disabled relatives. Many family members will have to give up work to do this, putting at risk their ability to pay the bills. What is worse is that it will hit the women of Lancashire the hardest of all.”
“Many elderly people would want to stay at home surrounded by their family friends and their own life time of memories, which is their home. On the one hand we have the cuts in home support, demands on their families and on the other cuts to residential funding. This is no way to treat vulnerable people when they need us the most making them the problem rather than providing them with the respect they deserves and the support they need.”