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Blanning Centre to meet with social carer providers to discuss funding crisis

The Blanning Day Centre, in Bentley Heath, is holding a crisis meeting with other social care providers in the borough this week with concerns over funding

The Blanning Day Centre, in Bentley Heath, is holding a crisis meeting with other social care providers in the borough this week with concerns over funding.

Run by Solihull-based charity Family Care Trust, chief officer Mark Melaugh said although Solihull Council’s new charges for anyone with more than £23,250 of savings had soared by 1,000 per cent, the day care centre had not received any pay rise in three years.

With 40 per cent less attendance since the new “highly onerous charges” were introduced, the Trust is due to meet with other local suppliers of adult social care in the borough to call for pay to providers to rise by inflation, and more say for care users.

“At the moment we have a block contract; we get paid and the risk is all with the council,” said Mr Melaugh.

“We’d like to go on a direct payment where the money goes to the individual and they choose where they use.

“The fewer people that attend, the more risk there is of closure. Although the centre itself is not directly under threat.

“It’s absolutely critical to have day care centres.

“It gives individuals a square meal, which some wouldn’t get unless they come to the centre. Social interaction and respite for the people who look after the older person.”

A Solihull Council spokesperson said previously, the new scale of fees, subject to a financial assessment, had been introduced “in order to put in place a fairer system of charges for services which follows national guidance; reflect the resources available; are realistic about how much the council continues to subsidise services, but fair to those needing support.”

Last week the Solihull News revealed how the family of a 93-year-old man were stunned by the 1,000 per cent increase in his day care charge.

 

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