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Letter – Care campaigners asking to present deputation

Colin Slasberg of Barnet Forum for Independent Living says the group wants its deputation to be heard

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

In response to Barnet Council leader Barry Rawlings’ statement to the Post that social care’s problem is a funding crisis, a member of the Barnet Forum for Independent Living asked him, as chair of the cabinet, how much unmet need is the council aware of in Barnet.

His answer was that the council is aware of no unmet need. The only information the council has is based on national projections. Those projections suggest that for every older person receiving support from the council there will be three who are being denied any.  

19 people have now exercised their democratic right and asked to present a deputation to full council on July 11th. They are asking for the council to come clean. Either the national projections about unmet need do not apply to Barnet because all needs under the Care Act are being met in Barnet. Or Cllr Rawlings was right last year before he u-turned when Labour’s manifesto committed it to developing a new model of social care that puts the person, not resources, at its heart.

The council’s decision as to whether their deputation will be heard is awaited.


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