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‘Ridiculous’ social care change questions asked

ELDERLY and disabled residents consulted about changes to adult social care, were asked “ridiculous” questions, it has been claimed.

ELDERLY and disabled residents consulted about changes to adult social care, were asked “ridiculous” questions, it has been claimed.

Some 2,800 people were sent a questionnaire about a major shake-up of charges at the borough’s day centres.

Last Thursday, Solihull Council’s cabinet approved a raft of changes, which they say will make things fairer.

But Solihull Ratepayers’ Association has warned that there could be a fall in the number of people who use the centres

This in turn could force premises to close and leave some vulnerable people stuck in their homes.

And the questions the survey posed to people affected were also criticised.

Labour leader, Councillor David Jamieson, said: “Why are we asking these people if they want a fairer system of charges?

“I don’t think anyone is going to say ‘oh yes, actually we’d like an unfair system’.”

Coun Karl Macnaughton (Green, Chelmsley Wood) agreed: “That question is just ridiculous. And there are a few others that seemed to be very leading.”

Under the new system, a £5 charge will be introduced for meals, and there will be a separate fee for attending the centre.

Charges for transport have also been approved in principle, but these have not been finalised.

Leader of Solihull Council, Coun Ken Meeson, said that financial pressure forced the council to take “difficult decisions.”

“This is a complex area, but changes have been discussed for some years,” he told the cabinet meeting.

The changes will come into force on October 1.

 

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