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"More Misery For Vulnerable" Says Scarborough Care Home Owner

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 8:02am 17th February 2019. (Updated at 12:25pm 17th February 2019)

A Scarborough care home owner says cuts to local authorities will spell "more misery for the vulnerable."

Mike Padgham runs St Cecilia's Care Home in the town and is also the Chair of the Independent Care Group.

A survey has revealed that almost a third of local authorities are set to cut spending on adult social care in the coming year.

The Independent Care Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham said:

“Adult social care is already cut to the bone and further cuts can only add significantly to the 1.4m who don’t get the care they need.

Cuts will heap yet more pressure on the NHS which will inevitably have to provide care if adult social care is cut back yet more.

This will undermine recent investment in the NHS and you can’t expect the NHS to perform better if you keep cutting back on social care provision.

At the moment investing in the NHS, without supporting adult social care, is a bit like modernising a house but leaving a hole in the roof.

Providers are struggling, going out of business and handing back contracts and the number of people living without the care they have a right to expect continues to rise.

Further cutback will be another kick in the teeth for social care and we cannot wait any longer for action to address the crisis once and for all.”

The Independent Care Group is calling on the Government to publish its long-awaited Green Paper on reforming adult social care as a matter of urgency.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive member responsible for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said:

“Councils face significant financial pressures, with reducing funding and increased demand for services. 

North Yorkshire has prioritised spending on Adult Social Care but recognises that there remains significant stress in the system.

We received additional monies from government recently which was welcome, and plan to raise further funds through council tax bills using the adult social care precept, but only a government led review of the long term financing of adult services will solve the problem."

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