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Council criticised over proposals to cut social care spending

30 Dec 2022 1 minute read
Cllr Lauren James Green Party. Photo Phil Croxall

Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter

Newport council’s proposed budget cuts have been described as a “devastating blow” to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

Earlier this month, cabinet members approved the draft budget proposal for 2023/24, which sets out how the council is going to spend its money from April.

The proposals include £3.75 million of ‘savings’ – or cuts – to social services, which Green Part councillor  Lauren James has criticised.

The savings will come from changes to staffing in both children and adult services, cuts to day care services, and changes those with learning disabilities.

Cllr James, who represents Shaftesbury, said: “Children and adult services are already on a knife edge, yet they are bearing the brunt of the council’s proposed cuts.

“This is essential preventative support and cutting it will put greater burden on our already overstretched schools, health and police services.

“Newport could see an increase in children in care, people in poor health, antisocial behaviour and crime if the council withdraw these lifelines.

“These services must be protected.”

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