Staffordshire leads the way in call for review of personal care proposals

Staffordshire County Council’s Social Care leader Matthew Ellis has joined forces with other leading councillors to express concerns at “unclear, unfunded” Government proposals for free personal care at home.

County Councillor Ellis has been working behind the scenes with a small group to write and gain support for the letter to the government that appears in today’s Times and as their front page lead story. He is joined by his counterparts in Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Leicestershire and Surrey. The letter is supported by over 60 other councils from across the political spectrum.

He said:


“We are all in favour of the principal of free personal care, but this has to be done properly and the money needs to be there to pay for it.


“The figures the Government have used to rush through this proposal are hopelessly inaccurate and could lead to a £330 million black hole in local government finances. If these plans were forced on authorities they would have two stark choices – massive cuts elsewhere or a big hike in Council Tax. We want neither. What we want is properly thought-out and considered policy.


“For so many councils of all political shades to come together like this is proof that this is about care and not about politics.”


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I was Abbey Hulton born and bred, now live in Meir Hay.I'm married to Nita, we have 2 kids Tom 19 & Amy 17.I'm the Managing Director of a local aluminium stockist.I'm also a radio presenter and presented sport on radio for a number of years, more recently for Focal Radio.It was on Focal that I got the chance to present a programme of my favourite music genre which is Soul & Smooth Jazz. The programme was really popular and attracted overseas listeners online.Look out for our new venture - Community Radio for the good folk of the 6 Towns!I was the original creator of the blog Pits'n'Pots which gained some credibility when Mike Rawlins joined the site and has now blossomed into this site.I love sport particularly Golf & Tennis. I packed up playing football some years ago when I started picking up lot's of fines for bookings from late tackles!I play golf at Leek Golf Club and Tennis at Draycott Sports Centre.

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