Services for elderly set to change amid dramatic cuts


Services for Burnley’s elderly people are set to change after government funding to Lancashire Council was slashed by £300m.

But the boss of Calico Housing, which provides sheltered accommodation for older residents across town, Mr Anthony Duerden, has said the most vulnerable will continue to receive support.

He said the dramatic cuts, to the Supporting People funding, will affect older people in sheltered accommodation and the way services to them are delivered.

Calico said that ultimately the service currently delivered will need to change, or the level of support provided may be reduced, as there will no longer be funding available to continue to provide it at the current level.

Mr Duerden said: “There are challenging times ahead, as we start to see reductions in funding filtering down to every home and neighbourhood. Our main priority now is making sure that those older people who most need the service continue to receive the support they need.

“We’re now working to ensure that everyone who currently receives the support we provide is fully aware of what this means for them, is kept informed of the changes and, most importantly, can influence the way support is provided in the future.

“During October, our staff will be looking to engage with as many people affected as possible, helping to reassure them but to also make sure they understand the impact this may ultimately have. Customers with any concerns are encouraged to speak to their home support officer, who will make sure their opinions are taken into account.”

Calico’s Older People’s Service customers are now being consulted and the results will be fed back to Lancashire County Council’s Supporting People service by the end of October. Feedback will then determine what changes will come into effect from April 2015.