By Sandra Clements, Cumbernauld Action Care for the Elderly CACE
As an organisation providing services for older people in Cumbernauld and surrounding areas, CACE sees the impact of cuts to services right where they hit hardest, on the members of society who can bear them the least.
Johann Lamont’s Conference speech last week rang some warning bells, there will be radical reforms to services under a Labour government. Free prescriptions, free travel, free personal care and the heating allowance, all under the spotlight for reform.
Many of our service users in Cumbernauld, a town notoriously difficult to navigate without a car, rely on local buses and their travel cards to get around. As a town with dementia diagnosis levels extremely high, currently 90% of our day care service users have a diagnosis, free personal care is a lifeline for both carers and service users alike. Similarly we don’t ever want to see a return to older people living in one room through the winter, having to choose between food and heat. We need a new approach but cutting vital frontline services is not the answer for an ageing population.