Austerity isn’t working. Frontline adult social care services have suffered enough. We oppose further cuts to frontline staff, day centres, and other vital services that are needed by some of the most vulnerable in our society. We will promote better multi-agency working and ensure that staff and clients in the care sector are well looked after by providing more time, more respite, and more support. We will work with the third sector, housing, health, and employers to make sure individual needs are at the centre of the care system, not targets or profits.
Health & Adult Social Care accounts for the largest proportion of Southampton City Council’s budget, but recent restructuring of Southampton’s social care, necessitated by Tory/Lib Dem spending cuts, has seriously affected front line services for those with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction and more.
The Green Party in Southampton opposes these cuts and believes that funding for adult social care should remain a priority. The Green Party knows that we are all interdependent and that many of us will need support at some stage in our lives. Our fundamental aim is that all people in Southampton should be able to lead an empowered and fulfilled life.
To fulfil this aim we will:
Act to ensure these vital services are properly funded by providing both a living wage for the vital carers and support services upon which quality care solutions so vitally depend, therefore ensuring full availability for those who need help. Specifically in this regard we shall:
We further believe however that quality service provision is not a simple matter of money but depends crucially in a partnership between all of our service providers, together with those caring souls who provide help and support to neighbours, friends and relatives. To reflect this vision we further propose to: