Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, used a Parliamentary debate this week, Carers Week, to show how Conservative budget cuts are having devastating consequences for families in West Lancashire.
In recent weeks, carers with responsibilities to look after the elderly and children with learning disabilities have had to bear the brunt of savage Conservative cuts.
In her speech as part of the debate on the effects of spending reductions on families with caring responsibilities, Rosie used the case of the Derby Centre in Ormskirk where the user charges have soared by over 500%. She also highlighted the plight of parents caring for children with learning disabilities for whom the short breaks scheme has been suspended.
Rosie used the debate to show how the cuts of the Conservative-led Government and Conservative-run Lancashire County Council are heaping ever more financial and emotional pressure on to many families and carers.
MP Rosie said:
“I find it gut-wrenching that the elderly and the most vulnerable in our communities will have to live with the consequences of this Conservative-led Government’s decision to slash budgets and funding.
“This is the typical Tory attitude of the past. They know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Clearly they don’t value carers very highly or the importance of the respite services so many families rely on.
“I genuinely fear that we could have a two-tier system very soon. We will have one group of carers that can either afford to pay for the services or those who the council will continue to provide support. The second group will be those families in the middle with moderate incomes or savings. They will be wondering whether, financially, they can afford to use these services at the same time wondering whether, emotionally, the can afford not to use the services.”
Rosie supports Carers Week to recognise the dedication and commitment of the 6 million carers in the UK.