Bexley Council Conservatives passed a motion at the Full Council meeting on 2nd November 2016 committing the London Borough of Bexley to work with partners, including the NHS and the voluntary sector, to deliver high quality homecare services that help service users lead fulfilling lives.
The motion was proposed and seconded during a Council debate by Councillors James Hunt and John Fuller, and Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Cllr Brad Smith, concluded the debate.
Astonishingly, all Labour Councillors present voted against the motion. This follows the Labour Party voting against increases in funding and investment in social care services at the Budget in March 2016.
Cllr Brad Smith said:
“We want to deliver the best possible homecare services for our residents and are committed to working with providers, the NHS and the voluntary sector to do this.
The needs of service users must be at the forefront of our policies and our motion commits us to support them to lead fulfilling lives.
As our population gets older we will continue to make sure that a choice of services is available in Bexley to enable people to live independently in their homes and our vision is based on local evidence from service users and national guidance, including from the Care Quality Commission.
Residents in Bexley should feel let down by Labour as they voted against the Council delivering high quality homecare services.
While Conservatives are investing in homecare services and listening to service users, Labour have opposed new funding and have no interest in seeing our residents get the high quality services they need.”
The Conservative motion which was approved at the Council meeting reads:
“This Council resolves to work with families, providers, the voluntary sector, the NHS and others to commission and deliver homecare services for users that are of a high quality, that meet their needs, helps service users lead fulfilling lives, and that provide value for money.”
Every single Labour Councillor voted AGAINST this motion.