Council rant

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  1. Lee

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    Am I so angry and pissed off at the council.

    My FIL has had a letter saying they are stopping the free telecare type service in 60 days due to cuts. He has a necklace and wristband that has a button on it if he's in trouble. Press the button and someone rings us or the medical service. He's a pensioner and disabled.

    You can continue to have the service by contacting the service provider and paying for it.

    The letter adds that he could look at claiming attendance allowance benefit to help pay for it. WTF. You couldn't make it up.

    A letter saying something like they aren't going to cut the poxy grass on the central reservation as often or streetlights will be going off at times to save money wouldn't be so bad but, NO, lets just keep bashing the elderly or poorer people in the country, way to go.

    A Labour council doing it because it makes the Conservative government look bad?

    I'm going to contact the council and ask for a breakdown of everything they spend money on but I bet I don't get a detailed breakdown.

    Mad.
     
  2. has2mow

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    I am afraid the council is cutting everything it can just to save money, not sure who is guiding them.

    I got a letter from the council requesting more money for my Father, he is in a care home with little money to his name and is dependent on what is given to him. I asked for a meeting with them and set out a list of what he pays out, they have now decided after the meeting to lower his charges in what he pays back and can afford. i feel more comfortable now in meeting his bills without using my own money.

    He has an emergency line if he needs help, apart from turning up at near midnight meeting two police officers their and finding the ruddy staff playing a board game.
     
  3. Axl

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    Does he claim AAB already?
     
  4. Lee

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    We're not sure. We should be going to see him later so will be checking what he does get.
     
  5. Axl

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    Ok, just been asking the wife for you. If he doesn't and hasn't already applied then this is the link you need. Contact numbers are on the second page.

    Attendance Allowance - GOV.UK
     
  6. Lee

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    Thanks for that, much appreciated Axl.
     
  7. Axl

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    Anytime. Just shout if need be.
     
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    Who do you think forces Local Government (the Council) to make cut backs by reducing their budgets year after year?
     
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    Having in the past worked in local government for 15 years, as far as I'm concerned the less a role councils play in our lives the better.
     
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    Also , there are apps for mobile , but of course that depends on him being able to use a mobile phone .....
     
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    Central government has slashed council budgets, especially in Labour voting areas. So councils are abandoning discretionary services that they are not legally required to deliver, such as libraries and public transport.

    Even where councils are obliged to spend, it is all cuts and cuts and cuts. That is why care homes for the elderly are closing in large numbers, for example. Residents "on the council" are loss makers and those paying their own way simply cannot subsidise all those losses. So the homes close.

    If anyone should feel a tongue lashing, look no further than Theresa May's administration as it races to the right at supersonic speed. Like Cameron, she is using the excuse of economic woes to justify the Tory right's desire to withdraw all social spending.
     
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    By 2019. Most areas in the UK will see 30% of their council tax going towards pension costs.
    It's not all down to cuts.
     

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