The Council promised consultation with disabled and older people about the increases before making a final decision. Yet the day after the Council meeting service users received letters telling them about the increase in their charges. Then on 9th March we received letters inviting us to a meeting to talk about the increases – less than 5 days notice!
We need these services to live independently and safely at home. The real affect of these increases will be that many older and disabled people will withdraw from using these services because they cannot afford them. This will mean an increase in hospital admissions and an unacceptable increase in risk to life and limb as people withdraw from using services.
A group called Sheffield Coalition Against Community Care Charges has been set up. We intend fighting to get this increase dropped.
Meetings like the one organised by Sheffield City Council on March 14th cannot be described as consultation. The Council has set its budget for 2006-7 on the basis that these increases will be made. At the meeting on March 14th they did not consider any alternative ways of raising this money. They simply told people inside the meeting that these new charges are going to happen. They are not interested in our views. The council called this meeting because they are embarrassed about the amount of publicity and support we have managed to build against the increased charges. They were shamed into organising that meeting because we have told them that they have a legal obligation to carry out consultation before making this type of decision.
Please support the campaign against these charges.
If you want to get involved in fighting the charges or if you are a member of a group who would like to get involved and support us:
Contact Sheffield Campaign Against Community Care Charges
On 0114 2258676 or email us at
Sign the petition
Come and support the protest (1pm Sheffield Town Hall) at the council meeting on Wednesday 5th April where the petition will be handed in to the council.