Back to what passes for normal here next week - we need to find out what progress his care review has made (if any) and respond to a number of 'consultations'. The most fun one is going to be from Social Services. They've asked us to comment (along with everyone else involved in adult social care) about how they should go about implementing the cuts. They start off saying there are going to be 25% cuts (whatever we say), so that's honest of them - nasty but honest. They don't mention the fact that the reason there are going to be cuts is that their own party nationally imposed a spending cap on them and they are enthusiastically implementing it locally.
The choices we're being consulted on are -
- increased charges on disabled people for essential care services (the fact that they have no money as benefits have been cut for the most disabled doesn't seem important)
- cut funding to care service providers (who will therefore be forced to do their dirty work by having to cut services)
- raising the criteria for being eligible for services (i.e. stop giving services to the less disabled)
The disabled didn't cause this crisis, they never got any bonuses. Being disabled isn't a bed of roses - but if you cut away all the roses, all you've left are the thorns.