Social care the next to face cuts

ADULT social care looks set to be the next victim of wholesale cuts at Kirklees Council. 

The council has this week launched a consultation for adult services as it looks to shave millions of pounds from its budget.

If proposed changes go ahead, around 30 per cent of existing service users in Kirklees could expect a hike in their care and administration costs.

The council say that all service users would still have to undergo a financial assessment to work out how much they will pay towards the cost of their care.

A lack of funding from central government has been blamed on the massive cuts currently being undertaken by Kirklees.

Coun Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Cabinet member for prevention, early intervention and vulnerable adults said: “The council’s budget continues to be squeezed and, like many other councils, we have the very difficult job of looking at how we provide vital care services in the future and are able to protect the most vulnerable.

“The proposals aim to be fair to everyone, whilst making sure no-one pays more than they can reasonably afford.

“We’re keen to hear what you think about them, so please take five minutes to share your views with us.”

Outcomes from the consultation are expected to be considered by the council’s Cabinet in January.

News of the latest cuts comes after it was revealed that a number of children’s centres and youth clubs are set to be axed and local museums closed.

Residents can take part in the survey at www.kirklees.gov.uk/ASCsurvey.

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