Council calls for community care cash

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

West Berkshire Council has called on central government to provide more cash for community care services in the district. Council leader Keith Lock has written to health secretary Alan Milburn and secretary of state for Transport, Local Government and the Regions Stephen Byers, asking them to increase funding levels. The Council is also seeking a meeting with ministers and local MPs after the Parliamentary recess. Newbury and Community Primary Care Trust has also written to central government in support of the Council¹s call for increased funding. Cllr Lock said that, in return for more money, the Council had offered to agree targets for reducing hospital bed-blocking and to transform its community care services in line with the Government¹s modernisation programme. “We are determined to fight for better community care funding,” Cllr Lock said. “Like many small unitary councils, West Berkshire has faced acute funding problems since it was created. Berkshire County Council was spending far more in West Berks

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