New figures released today prove that the last Tory administration at Southampton City Council oversaw the biggest cut in adult social care in the entire country.
Research carried out by Liz Kendall, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care, shows that 551 elderly people lost their free social care in the two years that Cllr Royston Smith was Leader of Southampton City Council. That’s a cut of 49%.
Southampton Labour’s John Denham MP has been campaigning for more services for adult social care in recent months.
Mr Denham said: “Today we finally see the end of Cllr Smith’s time as Southampton’s Council Leader. During that period we have seen the disgraceful cut in free social care available for our city’s elderly and vulnerable people.
“The UK is facing a growing care crisis, and unfortunately Southampton is right in the middle of it. A huge cut of 49% since 2010 – that’s 551 elderly people – in free elderly social care just goes to show that the Tories are not on the side of elderly people in Southampton.”Other news from Southampton Labour