Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 3rd March 2008 7pm


The main item for this Council meeting was the budget.


I had submitted a question in my role as Carers Champion as I was concerned that the Carer’s Grant was no longer ringfenced by central government. Unfortunately I did not receive the reply I had hoped for: a public statement that we had made the decision to ringfence it ourselves and to increase the amount. The response was just a reassurance that this authority is committed to its carers and a mention of the additional £85,000 award for respite care. Maybe I needed to make my question more specific.


I also contributed to the debate on the recommended budget highlighting the fact that we were one of only nine (of 33) London boroughs to have a moderate criteria for access to social care, the rest requiring a significant level of need to obtain support. I believe that this shows a willingness to support our more vulnerable residents, despite our financial constraints. It is also prudent as early intervention can prevent more costly interventions being required later.




May 11, 2008 - Posted by | Committee Meeting

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