Derbyshire MP attacks council over care cuts

Maggie Throup MP
Maggie Throup MP

A Derbyshire MP has attacked Derbyshire County Council for its plans to cut four care homes across the county and axe sheltered housing wardens.

Erewash MP Maggie Throup said the plans let down Derbyshire’s elderly and asked Prime Minister David Cameron to ensure all residents had access to good care.

She continued to accuse the authority of having a ‘proven track record of wasting taxpayers’ money’.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “We are still looking into the details of the offer by the Chancellor to increase council tax by two per cent on top of the current council tax threshold of 1.99 per cent.

“Although the council cautiously welcomes this, it is not enough to bridge the funding gap in adult social care due to the rising numbers of older people in our county and the additional costs of the National Living Wage.

“The small number of closures are not about council cuts, but about putting our care homes on a sound economic basis. Our council is almost unique in having a long-term commitment to directly run care homes, of the highest quality.”

Maggie Throup’s Commons question:

“In Derbyshire, the county council has announced plans to cut four care homes, including Hillcrest in my constituency, as well as to axe sheltered housing wardens from March. This is clearly an attack on the elderly and vulnerable of Derbyshire by an authority with a proven track record of wasting taxpayers’ money. Will my right hon. Friend look into this dismal situation to ensure that all Derbyshire residents have access to good levels of care?”

Responding, Prime Minister David Cameron said the ‘Labour-controlled’ council should stop ‘playing politics’ with the issue.