London Social Care Leaders warn Osborne about dangers of further cuts to local councils

I have united with Labour social care leads across London to warn the Chancellor George Osborne about the consequences of further cuts to Council budgets. In a joint letter to the Treasury, we have highlighted the difficulty Councils face in delivering essential services and also the knock on impact on the NHS if the Government’s planned cuts to local authorities go ahead.

The Government recently announced that funding to councils will be cut by 30 per cent over the next four years. With adult social care making up a third of Council budgets, there will inevitably be an impact on care services.

Adult Social Care lead members from London local authorities have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, telling him:

“A 30 per cent to councils over the next four years means, in all likelihood, a very significant impact on adult social care services. This puts at severe risk our ability to fund elderly residents who are supported in the community instead of occupying a hospital bed, which typically costs the public purse three times the amount.”

Examples of the services likely to be impacted in the letter include: In-home care for elderly residents such as help with bathing, respite services for carers and support for young people with disabilities as they become adults.

We also point out that the cuts to local authorities in the capital since 2010 have been greater than the national average, deepening our concern.

We also highlight the fact that cuts to adult social care threaten the supposedly protected NHS:

“The NHS is already experiencing an enormous amount of strain and with winter approaching, the pressure on GPs and emergency departments is already beginning to increase.

“As social care risks being stripped back to the barest of necessities, this will further undermine and increase strain on our much loved national institution.

“The health service will face an increased workload that only the substantial level of increases in health spending currently unavailable would be able to meet.”

The full list of signatories is:

Cllr Angie Bean                                   London Borough of Waltham Forest

Cllr Chris Best                                     London Borough of Lewisham

Cllr Janet Burgess                              London Borough of Islington

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu                            London Borough of Enfield

Cllr Stephanie Cryan                          London Borough of Southwark

Cllr David Gardner                              Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cllr Sally Gimson                                London Borough of Camden

Cllr Krupesh Hirani                              London Borough of Brent

Cllr Kamaljit Kaur                                London Borough of Hounslow

Cllr Vivienne Lukey                             London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Cllr Caroline Cooper-Marbiah           London Borough of Merton

Cllr Jonathan McShane                      London Borough of Hackney

Cllr Mark Santos                                 London Borough of Redbridge

Cllr Hitesh Tailor                                 London Borough of Ealing ‎

Cllr Jackie Meldrum                           London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Anne Whitehead                           London Borough of Harrow

Cllr Amy Whitelock-Gibbs ‎                 London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cllr Louisa Woodley                            London Borough of Croydon

Cllr Maureen Worby                           London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

You can read the full letter here LINK

 

Ken Livingstone sweeps the Labour nomination for the 2012 London Mayoral elections

The City Hall campaign will in effect begin now.

Former Brent East MP, Ken has overwhelmingly won the nomination to be Labour’s Mayoral candidate for the 2012 London elections, securing over double the tally of Oona King’s vote.

A few weeks ago I blogged on why I’m supporting Ken (LINK). Ken will be an excellent candidate to challenge the Tories over cuts to our police service, which will lead to less police on our streets in London, and cuts to Transport including less staffing at night at tube stations, making evening journeys unsafe for commuters.

Ken has already pledged that transport fares under his leadership will be lower than fares under Boris, and will be paid for by the Western extension of the London Congestion Charge.

Commiserations to Oona King who must be credited for fighting an exhausting campaign. Husting after husting, constant press and media attention, events, canvassing members… it can’t be easy. London Labour has benefited from her putting herself forward in the contest as it has allowed us to debate key issues. in addition, Ken has said that he will be taking Oona’s good policies and progressing them forward in his plans for London.

I’m glad that the contest is over as now the Party can unite behind our winning candidate, regardless of who we supported during the campaign, and fight for the Labour cause, standing up to the regressive, unfair and discriminatory measures being imposed on us by the Tories and Lib Dems.

Yes We Ken!