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Cuts in adult welfare hurt the vulnerable

PUBLISHED: 18:17 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, WE ARE concerned as a union about the scale of the cuts to social services in Tower Hamlets council s Adult health & wellbeing directorate. The cuts include the loss of 12-and-a-half posts at the Royal London Hospital social work department

Dear Editor,

WE ARE concerned as a union about the scale of the cuts to social services in Tower Hamlets council's Adult health & wellbeing directorate.

The cuts include the loss of 12-and-a-half posts at the Royal London Hospital social work department in Whitechapel, cutting the in-house home care service from three homecare teams to two with the loss of five jobs, five per cent reduction in overall salary costs over two years which will lead to further job losses and replacing qualified by unqualified staff.

All these cuts are directed mainly at services for older people, increasing the discrimination they face in the care system.

These cuts are unnecessary. There are other ways the council could reduce costs.

The Government should not be encouraging local authorities to cut services or privatise the care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

John Davies

Unison Assistant Branch Secretary

Tower Hamlets council

Town Hall

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