Survey condemned as ‘cynical’ by union

The biggest-ever consultation on social
services in Wakefield has been condemned by Unison as an insult to
the public.

More than 10,000 consultation books were sent
to residents asking them to agree or disagree with a series of nine

One said: “We should make sure vulnerable
people are supported and protected,” which was backed by 98 per
cent of respondents. And 97 per cent agreed that: “We should make
it easier for people to find out about the services they need.”

Unison spokesperson Donal Mullally said that
the questionnaire was a “cynical and clumsy” attempt by the council
to show the public would support its proposed changes following a
joint review.

But the council’s chief officer for housing
and social care Elaine McHale said: “There was broad support for a
new strategic direction and the need for change, but people also
picked out key issues which we need to think about carefully when
we implement any changes.”

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