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Protest against over adult social care cuts in Redbridge before council meeting

PUBLISHED: 11:06 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 07 March 2018

Service users and members of charity One Place East held billboards opposing disability cuts outside of Redbridge Town Hall prior to the cabinet meeting. Photo: John Abraham

Service users and members of charity One Place East held billboards opposing disability cuts outside of Redbridge Town Hall prior to the cabinet meeting. Photo: John Abraham

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Members of the public held a protest against disability cuts outside of Redbridge Town hall last night, before councillors discussed proposed changes to adult social care.

Service users and members of charity One Place East held billboards with slogans including “no ifs no buts no disability cuts” and “scrap social care charges” prior to the cabinet meeting last night (Tuesday, March 6).

Councillors then discussed how they are planning on “transforming” adult social care in Redbridge and in the process saving £1.263m.

Cabinet members discussed that due to an increasing population, an increasing complexity and a decrease in financial sources changes to day services need to be made.

Councillor Mark Santos said that central government cuts have left the council in a “very difficult position.”

He said: “We could salami slice and hollow out the services, or we could transform our model to try and sustain outcomes with the resources we have.

“Services will change but we want to work with service users and carers to maintain outcomes.

“What makes this challenging is that it is about people. And some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.

“Transformation will always be difficult because of the fears of change.”

And finished by saying “I will certainly be keeping a very watchful eye on this.”

Leader of the council, Jas Athwal said that the council must transform its services to “sustain the outcomes” and that they that “no choice at the moment” but to cut services due to their financial situation.

Speaking at the meeting against the cuts, John Abraham of One Place East said: “Charges are a tax on disability. The council should be promoting prevention

“Changes to services will lead to greater costs in the long run.”

He also emphasised the fact that he believed that the two minutes given to speakers at the meeting was not long enough to discuss such important issues such as this.

To view the full report by the council on changes to adult social care visit the council’s website.

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