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The axe falls: Devastating cuts to adult services spark MP campaign

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins says he is appalled that disabled and elderly people in Derbyshire have seen huge cuts in their care packages. Self Directed Support packages aimed at providing much needed help to most vulnerable in society have been slashed by cost cutters at Derbyshire County Council. After seeing her package cut from £12,000 to £4992 a year, severely disabled Ruth Grice has contacted Toby Perkins MP. Mrs. Grice, who is partially blind and who suffers from several serious illnesses, is just one of many people to fall victim of Derbyshire County Council’s new assessment tool.

Far from being a fair and progressive move, the recently introduced ‘SACE Overview Assessment’ tool seems to be taking away support for those who require it most, leading to the laying off care workers who provide such an outstanding service. Mrs. Grice has already had to cope with the loss of her carer and now relies almost entirely on her husband, who is disabled also.

Mr. Perkins said:-

I am appalled with Derbyshire County Council’s treatment of Mrs. Grice. However, she is just one of hundreds of people across Chesterfield who will feel the full force of such ruthless cuts. Everybody accepts that efficiencies have to be made but this appears to be an open attack on the very people this Government and Council should be supporting”.

Mrs. Grice added:-

“Direct Payment cuts will put more strain on existing family carers, young and old, and in future they are unlikely to obtain respite care. The savage cuts will disempower disabled people who really need these monies. My service has been cut by two thirds making one support worker redundant and reducing the other’s hours by a third”.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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