£2.5M cut from elderly and vulnerable yet only six paper responses to the proposals received

With £2.5M in cuts that will hit the elderly and vulnerable in the next few months, Oldham’s Labour Council has failed to ask for the opinions and feedback from the very people who will be most affected by these cuts that will start to bite from April.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner, Mark Kenyon said: “Despite the Conservatives promising to help with Covid financing, Oldham’s Labour Council is proposing nearly £2.5 million of cuts to services for those in sheltered housing, adult social care and supported living. Many users of these services don’t use the internet.”

Mark Kenyon continued: “Despite receiving assurances that those without the internet would be consulted, only six paper responses were received. More than 9,400 homes in Oldham do not have access to the internet. Digging deeper, it turns out that a mere 500 surveys were sent out to homes randomly selected out of nearly 95,000 across the borough.

Mark Kenyon

“How can Labour have even claimed to consult or even inform the people most affected by these cuts. It is total sham and I am pleased to expose it as such. Mailing 500 random addresses is a waste of effort and cash as the six returns show and every penny really does count now! I am sure many residents will agree with me,” added Mark Kenyon.

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