Plan to slash learning disabilities budget causes outrage in Cardiff

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

Cardiff Council intends to slash its budget for commissioning community-based services for people with learning disabilities by 21 per cent, with three further annual reductions of five per cent. The move has outraged a number of care providers and the charity, Learning Disability Wales, which says the £3m cut could see people with learning difficulties become prisoners in their own homes within a matter of months. The council, however, says it has not been getting best value from the services it has commissioned. Cardiff’s executive member for health, social care and wellbeing, John Dixon, said there had been a history of high costs for learning disabilities services and a lack of clarity as to how the money was being spent. “It was fairly obvious that spending money in the same way was not going to solve the problem,” Cllr Dixon said. “We have heard from more than 40 organisations which have expressed interest in tendering at the new fee levels, which were given to Cardiff by the Welsh Assembly.” K

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