Disabled people in Norfolk call for investigation into Norfolk County Council’s “systemic failure”
Equal Lives is calling on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to investigate Norfolk County Council (NCC) for systemic failures and disregarding its statutory duties under the Care Act.
Despite rising demand, the cuts imposed by the Coalition Government between 2010 and 2015 have reduced funding for adult social care by thirty per cent. Disabled people have been left without the support they need to manage their social care and live independent lives by the decision of Norfolk County Councillors to remove well-being payments from personal budgets and to raise eligibility thresholds in 2014/2015.
Jonathan Moore, Chair of Equal Lives said “Well-being runs through the Care Act. For Norfolk to remove these payments without offering alternatives was a reckless decision. This withdrawal of support mandated by law has left many disabled people living as prisoners in their own homes or leading second-class lives compared with the rest of society.”
Mark Harrison, CEO, Equal Lives said “Norfolk County Council has failed to reshape its services effectively in the last five years, meaning its devastating cuts have fallen disproportionately upon disabled and older people. In the year the Care Act came into being, Norfolk County Council cut too far and too deeply, leaving its service users without the basic care as demanded by Parliament. Equal Lives is calling on the CQC to investigate these systemic failings as a matter of urgency. We are also calling on County Councillors to vote against additional cuts which will have a further devastating effect on Norfolk people’s lives.”
The NCC Policy and Resources Committee meets on 9th February 2016 to discuss making a further proposed £56m cuts to adult social care over the next three years. These cuts would intensify the crisis for disabled and older people and mean the Councillors are ignoring their statutory responsibilities under the social care legislation.
Equal Lives members and supporters will be protesting against further cuts outside County Hall from 8am on 8th February.