Two petitions about support for older people have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

They highlight the major difficulties being experienced in resourcing Services for Older People adequately

The first demands the removal of fees for older people’s day care services, which the petitioners claim are prohibitive and deter older people from accessing services.  They also say that the charges will lead to social exclusion and higher costs in the long-term and describe their introduction, with no consultation as ‘draconian’ and possibly ‘deceptive’.

The second relates to the reform of housing support services for older people and seeks to safeguard the provision of warden services provided by the Shetland Housing Complex of Parkhead Housing Association and is asking that there be no reduction in the grant for housing support for older people.  It is understood that Housing Associations are facing significant cuts to funding for their housing support services.

Glasgow’s recent Reshaping Care for Older People Joint Strategic Commissioning Plan 2014/17 emphasised the importance of keeping people safe and active in their communities and made a welcome commitment to transfer 5% – £14.9M – of the city Older Peoples’ Services CHP and Social Work Budgets away from funding expensive hospital and care-home-based provision, in order to invest in new neighbourhood-based preventative services.

Unfortunately no new investment in community services has taken place in 14/15, and with Glasgow’s Social Work Department facing significant funding pressures in a time of increasing demand and diminished resources, and with a continued high level of delayed discharge and new Scottish Government targets for speedier discharge being introduced, investment is being targeted on new  short-term  ‘intermediate care’ beds and  this important commitment to investment of mainstream budgets in prevention now appears to have stalled.

Source: Glasgow City Council committee papers