Revealed: Coalition Council Attacked Elderly and Disabled


Kidsgrove_Disabled_Elderly_PeopleThe Labour Party reveals how the local Conservatives and Liberal Democrats chose to cut funding for facilities grants to help the old and disabled stay in their own homes – despite being given the EXTRA CASH.

Kidsgrove and Newcastle Labour Councillors have uncovered the shocking truth of how the uncaring Tories and Lib Dems took money destined to help older and disabled people stay in their homes and used it to fund their unsustainable spending spree.  Newcastle Borough Council has a duty of care to ensure that local people who need small modifications to their home in order to make it suitable in older age or because of a disability get the help they need.

Before May 2012 the Tories and Lib Dems controlled Newcastle Borough Council and under their administration this money was being cut.  This is despite the fact that extra monies and funding was being offered by the Labour Government up until 2010 because needs in the Borough was so high.  The callous approach left many vulnerable people waiting as long as six months for the changes to their homes that they desperately needed.

As Councillor for Butt Lane over the last few years it has been extremely difficult to secure hand rails, ramps and walk in showers for the elderly and disabled.  We now know why funding was so tight and I am so angry that the weak and needy in society were the first people the last administration targetted so that vanity projects could go ahead.

Since Labour gained control in May 2012 the new administration took urgent action to clean up the chaos left by the previous regime.  We are now making sure that older and disabled residents are able to get the support from the council that they deserve.  Just like the Westminster coalition now, the decisions made by the Tories and Lib Dems punish those most in need.

Cllr Kyle Robinson

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Newcastle Borough Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor for the Butt Lane Ward. Please visit my blog www.cllrkylerobinson.com Twitter @kyle_robinson22

Posted on February 17, 2013, in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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