Social workers and council leaders are taking a stand against cuts to services and tightening of eligibility criteria.
Around eight thousand Edinburgh council staff are being balloted on taking strike action later this month in protest against possible cuts of almost £10 million across children’s and adult’s services.
It is the latest wave of protest in the past twelve months, and comes as Community Care’s own research shows cash-strapped councils are being forced to restrict access to adult care services. This week, it has emerged Harrow in London has become the fourth authority in England to restrict its adult social services to people with critical needs.
Hampshire Council leader Ken Thornber has led protests by council leaders against government funding levels which they claim have forced them into cutting services locally. Thornber scrapped plans to restrict eligibility for adult care to those in “critical” need in Hampshire after it was roundly opposed in a consultation.
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