Funding axed for elderly care crisis prevention project run by Age UK in Waltham Forest

A service aimed at supporting vulnerable elderly residents is to be scrapped

A service aimed at supporting vulnerable elderly residents is to be scrapped

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Thousands of elderly people in danger of becoming isolated could be affected after a prevention project was axed.

An Age UK team dedicated to identifying vulnerable adults in Waltham Forest and ensuring they get the right help has had its funding cut.

As of the end of this month, the service, which is run by a team of three, will cease to exist.

The project, which costs £50,000 annually, has been helping the elderly for 12 years through funding from the Waltham Forest Council and the NHS.

Age UK in Waltham Forest confirmed today that funding has not been allocated from the Clinical Commissioning Group which took over from the PCT and all involved staff have been made redundant.

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2:04pm Thu 8 May 14

the dame says...

In relation to the above article, I assume that the Council will not comment as they may not be there in two week's time. There is very little value in trumpeting that your Council Tax has not risen for numbers of years and it is anticipated that it will not rise for another two years, when vital services as the above are axed. I, for one, would be happy to pay a small increase in Council Tax if I has reassurance that it would be spent on projects such as the above.
The sum of £50,000 is small in comparison to the money wasted on self-serving prestigious events held within this Borough. If the WFN continues to be produced, enable people to view it online instead of printed copy.
The money for the project would then be available with a balance remaining for other worthwhile projects in fear of being axed.
In relation to the above article, I assume that the Council will not comment as they may not be there in two week's time. There is very little value in trumpeting that your Council Tax has not risen for numbers of years and it is anticipated that it will not rise for another two years, when vital services as the above are axed. I, for one, would be happy to pay a small increase in Council Tax if I has reassurance that it would be spent on projects such as the above. The sum of £50,000 is small in comparison to the money wasted on self-serving prestigious events held within this Borough. If the WFN continues to be produced, enable people to view it online instead of printed copy. The money for the project would then be available with a balance remaining for other worthwhile projects in fear of being axed. the dame
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Immigrants draining the funds.
Immigrants draining the funds. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Thu 8 May 14

ChristinaC says...

I couldn't agree more about council tax. Waltham Forest has close on 100K households apparently. So an extra £1 on the council tax would pay for this service and leave another £50K over to pay for some other vital one they are probably axing. Keeping young people out of gangs, or supporting the mentally ill close to home perhaps?
I think about all the lip service being paid to the importance of preventative action in health; to ensuring that more of the elderly are safer in their homes and therefore out of hospitals, and I laugh cynically.
With the elections on the horizon and the over 60s being the most dependable voters, metaphors about shooting and feet spring to mind?
I couldn't agree more about council tax. Waltham Forest has close on 100K households apparently. So an extra £1 on the council tax would pay for this service and leave another £50K over to pay for some other vital one they are probably axing. Keeping young people out of gangs, or supporting the mentally ill close to home perhaps? I think about all the lip service being paid to the importance of preventative action in health; to ensuring that more of the elderly are safer in their homes and therefore out of hospitals, and I laugh cynically. With the elections on the horizon and the over 60s being the most dependable voters, metaphors about shooting and feet spring to mind? ChristinaC
  • Score: 4

12:06am Fri 9 May 14

James O'Rourke says...

I wonder if the Council carried out 'person centered' reassessments of all those older people who use this service? I mention this because the Council want to reassess my 50 year old brothers, who has learning disabilities, eligibility to day care service. A service he has been attending for over 25 years. In an email spate the politician responsible for Adult care in Waltham Forest, Cllr Angie Bean, informed me that " did not inform during phone call that we were cutting services." However, later in the email she wrote "I responded that the government has demanded that all departments make savings and that the council has had to comply!"
In regards to Council Tax politicians naively trumpet that they will freeze or cut it year on year. Yet every year more vulnerable people lose their service whilst being pawns in arguments between politicians. We need to protect our vulnerable neighbours as 'There but for the grace etc'
It is time we all had a grown up debate about how we pay for such services given our ageing society and not just have short term policies to get elected for kudos and monetory gain.
I wonder if the Council carried out 'person centered' reassessments of all those older people who use this service? I mention this because the Council want to reassess my 50 year old brothers, who has learning disabilities, eligibility to day care service. A service he has been attending for over 25 years. In an email spate the politician responsible for Adult care in Waltham Forest, Cllr Angie Bean, informed me that "[she] did not inform [me] during [our] phone call that we were cutting services." However, later in the email she wrote "I responded that the government has demanded that all departments make savings and that the council has had to comply!" In regards to Council Tax politicians naively trumpet that they will freeze or cut it year on year. Yet every year more vulnerable people lose their service whilst being pawns in arguments between politicians. We need to protect our vulnerable neighbours as 'There but for the grace etc' It is time we all had a grown up debate about how we pay for such services given our ageing society and not just have short term policies to get elected for kudos and monetory gain. James O'Rourke
  • Score: 2

10:19am Fri 9 May 14

the dame says...

Dear James,

Is it possible to have a grown up debate this day and age. I, personally, despair. We are surrounded by headlines which have no depth and to take a discussion forward on a common sense level seems to be an impossibility. We no longer appear to have the intellectual clout and contest only on arrogance and egos. The populace is conditioned not to question the actions of those 'in charge' and if you do, you are in fear of being labelled a 'revolutionary'. We still have a few who disturb the waters but their numbers are dwindling. I have seen too many changes over time and am not optimistic.
Dear James, Is it possible to have a grown up debate this day and age. I, personally, despair. We are surrounded by headlines which have no depth and to take a discussion forward on a common sense level seems to be an impossibility. We no longer appear to have the intellectual clout and contest only on arrogance and egos. The populace is conditioned not to question the actions of those 'in charge' and if you do, you are in fear of being labelled a 'revolutionary'. We still have a few who disturb the waters but their numbers are dwindling. I have seen too many changes over time and am not optimistic. the dame
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Fri 9 May 14

James O'Rourke says...

the dame wrote:
Dear James, Is it possible to have a grown up debate this day and age. I, personally, despair. We are surrounded by headlines which have no depth and to take a discussion forward on a common sense level seems to be an impossibility. We no longer appear to have the intellectual clout and contest only on arrogance and egos. The populace is conditioned not to question the actions of those 'in charge' and if you do, you are in fear of being labelled a 'revolutionary'. We still have a few who disturb the waters but their numbers are dwindling. I have seen too many changes over time and am not optimistic.
Whilst I do not want to play politics with my brothers plight this 'revolutionary', who was once a Councillor between 2006 and 2010, has thrown his hat into the ring as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming local elections. Our key message is People Before Party - www.renewwalthamfore
st.co.uk.
Power to the People!!!
[quote][p][bold]the dame[/bold] wrote: Dear James, Is it possible to have a grown up debate this day and age. I, personally, despair. We are surrounded by headlines which have no depth and to take a discussion forward on a common sense level seems to be an impossibility. We no longer appear to have the intellectual clout and contest only on arrogance and egos. The populace is conditioned not to question the actions of those 'in charge' and if you do, you are in fear of being labelled a 'revolutionary'. We still have a few who disturb the waters but their numbers are dwindling. I have seen too many changes over time and am not optimistic.[/p][/quote]Whilst I do not want to play politics with my brothers plight this 'revolutionary', who was once a Councillor between 2006 and 2010, has thrown his hat into the ring as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming local elections. Our key message is People Before Party - www.renewwalthamfore st.co.uk. Power to the People!!! James O'Rourke
  • Score: 2

11:15am Sat 10 May 14

Robert19 says...

If you read the article more closely you will see that the Clinical Commissioning Group ie local GPs not the Council did not renew the grant. Not to say there isn't a crisis in care of older people from both the NHS and local authorities as both have been cut in real terms by the government - local authorities have had a 15% cut in care funds. There is a massive hole in finances that hasn't been helped by George Osborne in his recent Budget double counting £3.8 billion being transferred from the NHS to the local authorities. This is not new money therefore simply recycled.

In addition a quarter of a million of older people in England have lost state funding to help them pay for personal care services. With an escalating baby boomer elderly population there is already a crisis in care before they get counted in over the next few years..
If you read the article more closely you will see that the Clinical Commissioning Group ie local GPs not the Council did not renew the grant. Not to say there isn't a crisis in care of older people from both the NHS and local authorities as both have been cut in real terms by the government - local authorities have had a 15% cut in care funds. There is a massive hole in finances that hasn't been helped by George Osborne in his recent Budget double counting £3.8 billion being transferred from the NHS to the local authorities. This is not new money therefore simply recycled. In addition a quarter of a million of older people in England have lost state funding to help them pay for personal care services. With an escalating baby boomer elderly population there is already a crisis in care before they get counted in over the next few years.. Robert19
  • Score: 0

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