I AGREE with Mr Holroyd-Doveton and Mark and Liz Feeny (Mailbag, January 18) on Kirklees Council’s proposed cuts in care services.
The council is proposing to cut care for people whose needs are deemed to be substantial but will continue to fund care for those whose needs are classed as critical.
The criterion for ‘critical’ is 1) life is or will be threatened, and 2) substantial health problems have or will have developed (if the day centres close).
I doubt that anyone would die if the day centres closed.
Regarding those with ‘substantial’ health problems – who decides how extreme those have to be before they are deemed critical? The council.
One can conclude that few will be in the critical category. The council will be able to justify the closure of day centres due to the lack of numbers requiring the service. Council objective achieved.
The wording of the questionnaire sent to families has been carefully considered. ‘Do you think it fair that those with critical needs are prioritised?’
The implication here is that it would be selfish not to agree to help the most needy. Council objective achieved.
There has been some acknowledgement of the involvement of the carer this time. They have been asked to fill in the questionnaire too.
However, as is likely, the council achieves its objective to obtain a mandate from the disabled community to target ‘critical’ level only and the day care services are cut, it will be the 24/7 carers who will bear the brunt. They already are saving the council millions a year.
Once again the carer will be expected to take over the financial problems; sort out the daily social needs; maintain the day care now as well as the night care; organise further the lives of the ones they care for, and forfeit their precious respite time.
The council will no longer be responsible for providing regular, reliable day care. Council objective achieved.
THANKS to reporter Joanne Douglas for highlighting the proposed cuts to the disabled services provided by Kirklees Council.
As chairman of South Kirklees Day Services Association (SKDSA) and also as a parent of a daughter who attends Highfields, I can say that the plans will put a horrendous extra burden on parents, perhaps forcing some with the last (unwanted) resort of full time residential care for their sons or daughters, thus increasing care costs phenomenally.
My daughter is in the ‘critical care’ category, so the proposed cuts will not affect her this time – but what about next year’s budget?
Checking the facts
I NOTICED in Thursday’s Examiner report about the LDF that Clr Kath Pinnock, leader of the Lib-Dem Group, claims that ‘A lot of the so-called information from them (the protestors) has been extraordinarily misleading. I saw one of their leaflets which claimed that all the new homes in the Colne Valley would be built on green belt land’.
I simply suggest that she checks her facts again, and that she reads the information that we have provided to her and her council colleagues very carefully.
We’ve spent a lot of time going through the detail and getting the facts right. All the facts in there are taken directly from the council’s own LDF Core Strategy report.
Spokesman for Kirklees Community Action Network
I MUST congratulate G Allan of Newsome for his excellent letter (January 17) on Kirklees’ Local Development Framework ‘consultation’.
The snag is that Kirklees has been, in my opinion, lamentably unspecific in its proposals regarding its so-called ‘plan for jobs and homes’ and consequently we, the tax-paying public, just cannot make any realistic response before the February 6 (or February 13) deadline.
Goodness knows just how much our local authority has already spent on umpteen quite meaningless documents with coloured blobs for this, that and the other.
Here in Brockholes we are quite mystified. As a former parish councillor I can but reiterate our total opposition to any further major development and hopefully will be as equally successful as we were with the UDP of 2006 when we were supported at a public inquiry.
Housing estates have been sanctioned over the years and countless trees destroyed with absolutely no amenity contributions. We don’t even have a public car park and now have limited viable agricultural land which we are determined to protect – not least to save our remaining historic badgers.
Kirklees has a responsibility to protect our environment and indeed that of other Holme Valley villages.
Gratitude for sight
RECENTLY I have had cataracts removed from both eyes and would like to thank the ophthalmic team at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for their care and kindness throughout the 12 weeks.
The results are amazing. I feel that I have been looking at the world under a tungsten bulb and now I see it with a daylight bulb and it’s goodbye to wearing glasses all the time.
To the ophthalmic team, once again thank you, you have made such a difference.
DURING the past years Scouting has seen many changes that were required to keep us ahead as a major player for youngsters.
The benefit of these changes can be seen in the adventurous activities and opportunities that are now available to so many.
Many more now gain their Queen Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and no fewer than eight teenagers going to the World Jamboree in Sweden next year.
We are probably the fastest growing youth organisation in the UK and in the South West District now have the highest membership for over 20 years.
At the start of 2011 I had a personal change when I stood down as the District Commissioner and am proud to be handing over at a time when Scouting here in the district is at a high
Can I take this opportunity to thank each and every one who has carried these changes through in a professional way?
HOW is it possible in this country that a licensee of a public house has an absolute right to refuse to serve any person without having to give a reason, yet the landlord of a private guest house apparently has no right to choose who stays under his roof?
MAY I, through the medium of your paper, offer my sincere thanks to the two ladies and a gentleman who assisted my wife when she had a fall in Huddersfield recently?
Fortunately there was no harm done.
A quiet ‘cuppa’ at home was all that my wife needed.ŠThank you for being so kind.
WASN’T it Prime Minister David Cameron who stood on the steps of No 10 Downing Street and said we must look after our young, our elderly and our infirm?
The story so far? The budget for the police cut, money for education cut, benefits cut, jobs destroyed, VAT increased , the cost of living rising, and the NHS privatised.
I must therefore congratulate all those who had the foresight and voted to put the most callous of Prime Ministers in charge of the most callous of Governments that this country has known.
I doubt that they have finished.
Recycled gift idea
I WOULD like to ask Examiner readers to donate unwanted Christmas gifts to their nearest Age UK shop this January.
The charity urgently needs stock to help fund its vital work to improve the lives of older people across the country.
For many of us, that ill-fitting jumper or ‘must have’ gadget that you just don’t need has already been shoved to the back of the cupboard.
But there’s a better way to get rid of those unwanted presents and do some good while you’re at it: donate them to your nearest Age UK shop.
One person’s unwanted present can be another’s prized find, so with minimal effort you can keep giving even though Christmas is over.
Age UK relies on quality donations such as clothing, accessories, jewellery and gadgets to stock its shops, which are helping to raise funds to keep older people warm and well in winter as part of the Charity’s Spread the Warmth campaign.
In addition, Age UK is urging people to donate their old PCs and laptops (although not monitors) to their local Age UK shop.
They will be refurbished and sold on with the profits Age UK makes going towards helping people in later life to start accessing the benefits the internet has to offer.
If every household in areas the size of Kirklees donated just one item worth £5 an extra £1m would be generated to improve the lives of older people.
So it would be great if you could urge your readers to do their bit for Age UK this winter and help ‘Spread the Warmth’.
People can find their nearest Age UK shop by visiting www.ageuk.org.uk/local or calling Age UK on 0800 169 87 87.
Lane to lane
ON the bus lane from Waterloo to Moldgreen: drivers will not use the bus lane when they are legally able to because of the vehicles that are parked in it.
In addition, you have to keep pulling out into other lanes – that’s if the cars in that lane will let you.
Early switch on
CONGRATULATIONS to whoever put up the Christmas lights in Slaithwaite.
They are the best we have ever had. However don’t you think they were put up a bit early!
Peter K Garside