Steve Skivens, a member of Caerphilly Council’s social services committee, gives his perspective on the day care centre debacle which has left carers anxious and annoyed over proposals to change how services are provided. Steve is a Plaid Cymru member for Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn ward.
It’s accepted by many that the quote below holds as good today even in these troubled and difficult times as ever.
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” (Mahatma Gandhi)
So why am I inundated by calls, stories and petitions of carers, families, even representatives of disabled persons caught up in a developing crisis at Caerphilly County Borough Council, (CCBC) area?
Day centre services reduced dramatically, transport provision problematic and communication poor or staccato at best.
People who absolutely rely on such services and support are left wondering what the future holds and how they can cope.
The legal requirements emphasise a partnership approach as clearly, no size fits all, in provision and accommodation of disabled person’s needs. Any change must be clear, communicated and impact assessed.
A partnership with the vulnerable and needy person at its centre is key. Service users, carers, families, and authorities all should work together to protect and support our communities’ most vulnerable persons.
So, I call on Labour-run Caerphilly County Borough Council to offer clarity, good communication and to build the supportive partnerships which underpins their duty.
Come on CCBC, I know you can do far better than this.