Labour candidates criticise social care policyBy Vicky Smith
April 23, 2012
The borough’s social care policy to only care for people with the greatest need is being criticised by Labour Party candidates.
The party says the move to limit eligibility for services is unfair, as is increases to charges at day centres and for respite care. Greg Bello, Labour candidate for Bulmershe and Whitegates ward in Woodley, said: “The Tories have targeted the most vulnerable in our community.
“Charging £60 a day for day care charges and £400 a night for respite care makes them unaffordable for many who really need them. The Tories should be ashamed and, given the opportunity, Labour would return the council to a position of caring for those with ‘substantial’ needs.”
The party has a petition for public toilets in Woodley town centre with more than 1,600 signatures and is calling for the town’s Fosters care home, which is threatened with closure, to remain open.