Find out what parent carers at PaCC think about the Council’s budget-saving proposals by reading their new Position Statement
This is in response to Brighton and Hove City Council recently publishing its latest budget position and plan stating that they need to make £24.3m worth of savings next year to balance their budget.
Like other councils across the UK, Brighton & Hove has a tough job working out how it can make savings across all the services it provides – many of which are essential and which they have a duty to provide.
Papers detailing the budget proposals can be found in the Council and Democracy section of the Brighton & Hove website or via this shortened link: http://tinyurl.com/jtpxrq9 (see pages 93-215).
The proposals include £696k worth of savings to be made across SEND/disability services (from page 123 of the report) including a proposal to restructure residential short breaks provision to allow for more long-term/full time residential support in the city.
Whilst we are supportive of the strategy to try to accommodate children who need full time care nearer to their families within the city, developing the right provision will take time so we are concerned the savings target next year is premature.
Also we have asked for reassurance that this budget proposal will not in any way reduce the numbers of bed spaces available for overnight respite care as we know several families who don’t feel they are getting enough short breaks, or have been waiting too long to get any help, and are finding they can’t cope.
Members of the Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC) and staff from Amaze have met senior officers and councillors to discuss their concerns and have explained just how essential short breaks for disabled children are for both the child/young person and their family.
We have also asked that any savings made are used to increase the amount of money available to families needing respite, particularly in the form of direct payments, and investing some money in supporting families to find good PAs.
There are other savings proposals which may impact on you or your wider family. For instance there are proposals to reduce expenditure on youth services; social work teams and early help for families where children ‘at risk’; and some services for adults with learning disabilities.
To see the PaCC full position statement on the City Council’s proposals see:
The Council’s proposals were discussed again at the full council meeting on 26 January 2017 and final decisions will be made on 23 February, so some of the above proposals may change. We’ll make sure the final proposals are available on the Amaze website and Facebook page as soon as possible, so visit our News page at www.preview.moocowmedia.co.uk/amazesussex/newsand-events, Like our Facebook page or join our Facebook group to keep up to date.