Disabled man fears care changes will hit independence

A severley disabled man has hit out at proposed changes to the way care is paid for which he fears will strip him of his independence.

David Day, who has cerebral palsy and type two diabetes, uses a motorised wheelchair and specially adapted car to get around, but needs daily help getting and going to bed, and with meals at his Julia Gate bungalow in Stevenage.

He uses his independent living fund to pay for this care, but fears he will be put into a home if proposals to hand responsibility for funding from government to county councils in 2015 is approved.

A public consultation on the proposals ends on October 10.

“After fighting for several years to leave residential care, I do not wish to have to go back into it,” Mr Day said.

“I have my own carers who work with me and I do not want to be messed about by Mr Cameron, or anybody else.

“After all it was not any of my disabled friends that have done this – it has been caused by the bankers’ mistakes and it is unfair that people like myself should be made to suffer.

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“As things stand, if the ILF funding is withdrawn I will be unable to continue living independently unless another source of funding becomes available.”

He added that if he ends up with a “social service package of care” he would not be cared for appropriately, something he has experienced before.

“I do not wish to be put to bed in the early part of the evening and having to watch the clock for meal times, with a limited time to eat. Carers turn up at wrong times, and it has been known for no-one to turn up at all.

“One would hope they will do one of their famous u-turns and think of all the disruption that will be caused to users and carers losing their jobs.”

Sarah Pickup, director of health and community services at Herts County Council believes the money distributed to ILF recipients “should come directly to local councils to pass on”.

“Our social workers already visit people and provide assistance to those who need social care service through personal budgets – and we already provide direct payments to eligible people if they wish to closely control how their care needs are met. I would want to continue and extend this.”

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