Needs of vulnerable ARE being met, say care bosses

SOCIAL services bosses have hit back at claims that they are leaving vulnerable people for months without care. 

In a report by ITV News, it was claimed that Kirklees Council was one of the 10 worst authorities in the country for leaving people waiting for help.

One person waited a reported 181 days for a permanent day package, although Kirklees said that the person in this case had been provided with interim care from day one.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Coun Viv Kendrick, said: “We currently provide care for everyone who is assessed as having care needs across the district.

“In the cases quoted, those waiting for permanent arrangements to be finalised are still receiving the care they need from short-term providers.

“But the person who has waited 181 days is receiving temporary support until we arrive at a permanent care arrangement.”

Coun Kendrick revealed there were 22 other people who had waited over 100 days, but they had also been provided with temporary care.

She said: “While there are sometimes delays in agreeing the best long-term care and support arrangements, nobody is left without the care they need while we reach those conclusions.

“Everyone who is assessed as having care needs has those needs met.”

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