Plaid Cymru councillors are calling for a moratorium on any changes to day care services in Caerphilly County.
The Plaid group has tabled a notice of motion to go to the next relevant meeting because of the “immense distress and anxiety” caused to carers and their family members. They want a return to a full hours’ service at day centres, pending an extensive review.
They have asked Labour and Independent councillors to support the motion and are calling for a halt to proposed changes.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “The proposals drafted by social services have caused real distress and anxiety among carers and we believe it is better to pause any proposed changes prior to an extensive review.
“The Plaid group doesn’t want to see a consultation which is merely going through the motions and the proposals will just be driven through without enough regard to carers and their family members.
“We have already been made aware of carers who have not been consulted.”
The Notice of Motion says:
“In view of significant public concern about suggested changes to the council’s day care services, the Plaid Cymru group calls on the council to return to providing a full service of hours at day centres, pending an extensive review. We also call on CCBC not to withdraw previous transport arrangements for service users.
“The proposals, as they stand, have caused immense distress and anxiety for carers and some of the most vulnerable members of our society which is having a detrimental effect on their Mental Health and Wellbeing.
“We are concerned that the existing consultation exercise has not gone out to all Carers and those vulnerable individuals they care for. The consultation seems to be merely window dressing with social services officers determined to drive through changes, whatever the short and long-term impact on carers and their family members. A better system of communication with service users and families is badly needed so that they are a proper part of the decision-making process.
“In the meantime, there should be a moratorium on any changes taking place for at least 12 months with a final decision on any changes being considered by the full council.”