Letter – Council leader’s “untruthful” statement

Colin Slasberg of Barnet Forum for Independent Living says Barry Rawlings’ statement on social care “u-turn” is not accurate

Hendon Town Hall and (inset) council leader Barry Rawlings
Hendon Town Hall and (inset) council leader Barry Rawlings

Readers should be in no doubt as to the untruthfulness of Cllr Barry Rawlings’ statement to Barnet Post that he has not u-turned in relation to social care. 

He told the Post that Barnet Council was compliant with the Care Act. Yet that is the exact opposite of what he believed in opposition. Whilst as opposition leader, he wrote that after “18 months of forensically testing” how social care in Barnet works, he had come to the conclusion that the council was not implementing the transformative provisions of the act.

He believed then that all the act had done was “provide new language for the same old practices that demean service users by telling them what their needs are, and then defining ‘need’ to suit their budgets.”

He told the Post that his new found belief the act was being implemented rested on legal advice that the council had obtained. But he had already seen that advice some three months before he wrote the above.

Unless he now believes the Care Act actually requires his council to demean service users and define needs to suit its budget, he either believes what he said before he became Leader or what he says now. It cannot be both.

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