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To: West Lothian Council

Free Adult Care Services - Protect the Vulnerable

Provide Free Adult Care Packages to all vulnerable adults and adults with special needs across the county of West Lothian.

Why is this important?

We have seen over the last 12 - 18 months West Lothian Council begin to roll out a policy where vulnerable, sick or special needs adults are being means tested and some ultimately having to contribute to their care packages.

My sister has a host of special needs including autism and learning difficulties, she attends a day centre two days a week which is the highlight of her week. It is the only time she gets to meet people outside her caring circle, so for her it's the only time she gets to meet friends and feel a sense of independence. The other 5 days a week she is pretty much housebound.

These services provide our family, particularly my mother (my sisters primary carer) respite from caring duties which are a 24hr day job. During the first COVID-19 lockdown, these day centres were closed in West Lothian and didn't re-open again until September. Then in November West Lothian Council made a decision that my sister should start making a financial contribution to her care package services.

After a little digging, I found that some people in West Lothian are having to contribute financially to the services they are provided. Some people are struggling to pay these fees, some have struggled so much that they have had to stop attending or using these lifeline services. People using Non-Residential Care Services aren't people who can work a little more to make up the difference, they are people who are living on state pensions or benefits and are struggling already. We as the Community of West Lothian should demand our elected officials and Local Authority do more to support our neighbours who are the most vulnerable in West Lothian.

Imagine you were:

Someone who has special needs and live on your own with no support.
An Elderly parent caring for a son / daughter with disabilities.
A retired couple and your spouse has a life limiting condition.

Now imagine WLC sending you a letter, telling you that you need to contribute to your care package. They will be sending you an invoice for a contribution of between £20 - £180 per week, How would you feel?

This is a choice! WLC are choosing to recoup money for crucial services from some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, all of this whilst investing large quantities of money in other projects. Resources are finite, however our priorities speak volumes for who we are and what we stand for.

Do you agree with me that these services should be free for all?

West Lothian, UK

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2020-11-23 17:04:25 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-11-23 13:54:10 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-11-23 12:53:26 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-11-23 12:34:56 +0000

10 signatures reached