Coun­cil­lors meet to dis­cuss so­cial ser­vice cuts

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

RUSH­MOOR Bor­ough Coun­cil mem­bers will meet to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial ef­fects of Hamp­shire County Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to re­duce fund­ing to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the county.

Coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers will hold an in­ter­nal meet­ing in the com­ing weeks, be­fore meet­ing again with providers, to con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions the county coun­cil’s Sup­port­ing Peo­ple bud­get be­ing re­duced by £7.66 mil­lion to £17.4 mil­lion. The fund­ing is for the elderly, dis­abled and so­cially ex­cluded.

The county’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for adult so­cial care and pub­lic health was due to ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tion yes­ter­day, which is backed by a re­port out­lin­ing cuts to­talling £1,498,152 in Hart and Rush­moor.

These in­clude con­tracts such as Alder­shot char­ity Step by Step’s sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion and 14 older peo­ple’s ser­vices in Rush­moor and Hart com­ing to an end next year, and fund­ing for alarm chords in sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion be­ing with­drawn in Septem­ber.

Fund­ing for Mike Jackson House, sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less war vet­er­ans in Alder­shot, was de­scribed as ‘not sus­tain­able’ but no re­duc­tions will be made im­me­di­ately to al­low time for al­ter­na­tive fund­ing.

Nearly 200 peo­ple in Rush­moor and Hart re­sponded to a county coun­cil sur­vey on the pro­pos­als, some of whom said they re­lied heav­ily on the sup­port to live in­de­pen­dently.

Coun­cil­lor Mike Roberts, who called for the Rush­moor meet­ing, de­scribed the cuts as 'even worse than were pos­si­bly led to be­lieve’.

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