Privatising care in York is 'only option'

Posted on 09 March 2011

York Council leader Andrew Waller has claimed that privatising parts of the city's social care network for older people, which could see more residents paying for care, is the only option available.

The local authority hopes the move will save nearly £2 million over two years while improving services, but opponents to the plan say it could affect the continuity of care, the Yorkshire Post reports.

However, Mr Waller insisted that the plan has not been "rushed into" and is the best way to maintain quality of service while reducing costs.

"We have taken our time to assess the options and how we can drive down our costs," he told the newspaper.

"The fundamentals are we have an ageing population and demand is only going to go up."

It follows reports in the Sheffield Star that older people in the Sheffield have got their own Dignity and Respect Champion, in the form of former social care worker Helen Rowe.

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