Back under control of council’
‘Time to bring care services
A COUNCILLOR in Rhondda Cynon Taff has said he would like to see domiciliary care services brought back under council control.
Councillor Philip Howe, Independent member for Ferndale, told members of the council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee he wanted to see the council control care services provided to people in their homes during a discussion on the role of independent providers.
Cllr Howe said there was a problem because of wages and zero-hour contracts for care workers and that the issue of pay needed to be looked at.
“I would like to see it all brought back into the council,” he said. “Unless [staff] get paid a good wage we will have a major problem with recruitment. We have got to appreciate them.”
His comments came after a representative of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Older Person’s Advisory Group (OPAG) asked officers what influence the council has on independent service providers during a discussion on the annual social services complaints report
Giovanni Isingrini, director of community and children’s services at the council, said: “We are responsible for that provision.”
He highlighted the “significant pressure” on the service and said that they had become the victim of their own success with reductions in delayed transfers of care and more people being cared for in the community meaning they can manage more difficult cases.
Speaking about staff, Mr Isingrini said: “People’s expectations have changed. It is difficult to manage people’s lives around work. They are not highly paid. It is a really difficult job.”
He said the council had been lobbying Welsh Government to recognise these issues. Mr Isingrini said: “We have to have a sustainable independent sector. They are working really hard to provide a good service.”
A councillor would like to see domiciliary care services back under council control
Councillor Philip Howe