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Problems in Local Social Services

"Trying to squeeze a quart out of a pint pot" is the phrase that springs to mind.

An example of this is the use of transport for folk with learning disabilities who cannot use public transport. It can take up to two hours to get someone back to there home from a day centre or college. The only response to frequent complaints is to vary the routes each day so that everyone has a chance of a shorter journey on some days. Consequently, parents and carers cannot plan their days and must generally be at home early ‘just in case’. Because day service users must travel to a number of different places there is no way for transport staff to get to know families or staff in care homes.

There are plans to provide new respite accommodation, but this means that other parts of the service will be deprived. Most of the Bromley councillors are only concerned with keeping down the council tax rates.

However, those of us who write letters, send e-mails or attend council meetings do stop the senior staff sitting comfortably in their offices.

Any Labour Party members who can attend the Bromley Labour Group meetings will be very welcome. These are held most months on a Monday evening in one of the committee rooms in the civic centre and are informal. The Labour councillors, John Getgood and Peter Fookes, prepare their questions and comments to the council meetings from our reports on the concerns of residents in the borough.

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