Party politics make little difference to eligibility criteria


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

New statistics show that the reduction in the number of people eligible for social care is not being driven by councils governed by one particular political party.

The figures from the Learning Disability Coalition show that Conservative and Labour councils alike are reducing the number of people who have access to social care services, with many only providing services for those with the most severe needs.

  • 79% of Conservative councils plan to only provide services for those with critical or substantial needs by the end of April 2008.
  • 72% of Labour councils plan to only provide services for those with critical or substantial needs by the end of April 2008. # 55% of Liberal Democrat councils plan to only provide services for those with critical or substantial needs by the end of April 2008.

The research was published soon after the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) began its consultation about eligibility issues.

Dame Jo Williams, chair of the Learning Disab





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