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Wiltshire Conservatives are bucking the national trend by investing more money than ever into supporting the county’s older people.
A report published last week by Age UK said cuts to council grants were having a devastating impact on services for older people across the country.
However, here iiltshire Council is actually investing more in these services and is helping even more people thanks to excellent working partnerships with the voluntary and community sector, particularly Age UK Wiltshire.
Cabinet member for adult social services, Cllr John Thomson, said:
Despite the pressures on our budget we are actually proposing to invest £71 million to improve services for older people. We have carefully managed our budget so we can protect and help our most vulnerable people. We have an excellent and very close working relationship with Age UK Wiltshire who are doing a wonderful job in helping us improve older people’s access to services.
The council and the NHS have also commissioned an integrated care and support service to provide better support for older people in their own homes.
This includes a new telecare call centre and response service. There will also be an equipment service able to provide a wide range of products to help people to remain in their home.
All of these services will be available to the whole older population of Wiltshire. By 2015 it is estimated the council will have supported an extra 14 per cent of the older population.