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SALFORD CUTS FOR CARERS WEEK
 

Star date: 15th June 2011 

NATIONAL CARERS WEEK SEES SALFORD COUNCIL LAUNCH FORUM BUT CUT OVER £250,000 IN CARER SUPPORT

This week is National Carers Week and Salford Council has launched a new online Forum where "carers in Salford are being encouraged to share their stories as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of what life as a carer is like".

Perhaps the carers will be discussing what life is like facing over £250,000 cuts to carer support currently being imposed by Salford City Council…

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According to new research commissioned for Carers Week, four out of 5 carers in the country - that's 80% - are worried about cuts to services. The Carers Week website (see here) adds that "Almost half don't know how they will cope as the axe falls on some of the vital support they rely on…"

Salford Council is currently in the process of making £290,000 cuts to carer services in the city over the next three years, a consequence of the ConDem Government's axe hitting public services.

Latest figures from Salford Council show the `Support to Carers' budget being slashed by £61,000 this financial year, leading to a total of £240,000 cuts by 2013/14.

Meanwhile the `Universal Advice and Information and Administration of Carers Personal Budget' is being cut by £28,000 this year leading to a total of £50,000 by 2013/14.

These cuts are shocking and will affect the three in five people who will become an unpaid carer at some point in their lives. And the financial and psychological fall out is horrendous…

The Carers Week website quotes two people facing such difficulties…

"I am now hugely in debt, my savings have gone, I cannot pay essential bills like gas and electric, I cannot meet my full mortgage payments" says Jules Wood who cares for her disabled son "Today I would have walked off a bridge if it weren't for my children."

A carer who wants to remain anonymous adds "I cannot work and this means my home is at risk of repossession. The person I care for will also be made homeless. We live in poverty."

Carers like these save the UK economy £119 billion each year by relieving pressure on health and social services and serving their communities. Salford Council's cuts will impact on the many carers in the city.

However, rather than explain about how the cuts will affect carers, Salford Council has launched an online Forum "where carers can talk to each other about their experiences to help create a network of support in the city".

The launch press release highlights Mark, a carer from New Broughton, who has bought a laptop from his personal carer budget which "means he can now chat to other carers online and access a whole range of support services".

Except that those `support services' seem to be rapidly dwindling.

"The aim of this project is to get carers talking to each other and the more people who come forward to share their experiences, the more people can learn from it" says John Warmisham, Salford City Council's Lead Member for Adult Social Care ""Some people might not think of themselves as a carer and national Carers' Week is about showing carers the support that's out there and that they're not alone."

Perhaps on the Forum carers can share experiences of Salford City Council cuts to their service…

Find the online Carers Forum at http://services.salford.gov.uk/forum 

See the Carers Week website here http://carersweek.org/

Carers week 13-19th June

dave - ex-labour forever , all traitors wrote
at 22:37:17 on 01 July 2011
Now that J.M. has woken up , can we have an explanation into the rationale behind this disgraceful decision to slash carers funding ? Or do I have to make a Freedom of Information request ? This bullshit needs an explanation .
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:51:00 on 27 June 2011
Salford council can spend £300.000 on a performance at the Lowery,lend over one million pounds with little or no security pay £250.000 for a lease on land they owe in the first place. But they can't find another way of saving this money. Most,if not all the cuts this council have done or are going to do have been aimed at the most vunerable members of this city.I am sure there are other ways they can save money without taking money and services from people like the Carers.But we are talking Salford city council.The sad part is they will get away with this,again and again with little or no challange.
 
Ken Brandlesome wrote
at 08:26:15 on 26 June 2011
Perhaps the council would like us carers to put our cared for and ourselves out with the refuse .Problem solved .I would not have believed even this waster council capable of this dirty trick .A NEW LOW .
 
Billy Doyle wrote
at 09:23:43 on 24 June 2011
How dare they .Useless ,inept , waster council robbers .I hope they rot in hell .
 
Dave ex-labour thanks to blair and kinnock wrote
at 18:45:33 on 23 June 2011
This is a new low , even for this inept council .Labour , my arse .
 
A Nother Carer. wrote
at 10:29:42 on 19 June 2011
This is one of those issue's where its a case of "Dont get me started"... Why? Because what can you say about a system that has more negatives than positive? I feel for the genuine care workers who work for care agencies and care homes, who are over worked and under paid, and let down by other couldn't careless care workers and by their own bosses who only care about PROFIT!!! The council are even worse, because all they care about is saving money and spending as little as possible on care... And finally, who ends up with all the sh*t dumped on them? The "service users" and their family (carers), who are usually on a state handout called carers allowance and maybe income support which does not even add up to £100 per week... And they still want to make CUTS to a system that's already been cut deep into the bones. David Cameron says he wants to look after carers? GOD HELP US!
 
Fadge - No Hope Left wrote
at 12:01:07 on 18 June 2011
Amazing . Not one single comment in support of carers , who save this country billions by our efforts .Despite the lies and deceit from the corrupt politician- scum , at all levels , we will just carry on as we must , caring for our loved ones. Politicians are as trustworthy as bankers , and I damn you all to Hell .
 
A caring carer wrote
at 10:43:48 on 16 June 2011
I will share my experiences as a carer .We struggle on an on and NOBODY gives a shit .Struggle to pay bills , constant worry , life is a living hell .I expect nothing from the tory- bastards government , I expect nothing from this inept council .All authorities are corrupt , this country is a Ponzi scheme .The culture of greed , selfishness , and self-interest promoted by Milk-Snatcher Thatcher's evil mis-rule is the dominant feature of British life , and will only intensify .I won't even bother commenting on the AGEISM culture that dominates the Health 'service'. DIE BEFORE YOU GET OLD .
 
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