Back un­der con­trol of coun­cil’

‘Time to bring care ser­vices

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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A coun­cil­lor would like to see domi­cil­iary care ser­vices back un­der coun­cil con­trol

Coun­cil­lor Philip Howe

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