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    southy wrote:
    freefinker wrote:
    southy wrote:

    Looks like Denham has made some good points.

    No cuts should be made to adult social care unless they can be found from efficiency savings. Quality of care and access to care should not be impacted
    He beening told what to say, by head office, because the Labour Party is worried about the TUSC here.
    The Labour party have been brinning up the TUSC a lot lately.
    .. worried? About TUSC? I think not.
    Still offering that bet southy - a fiver says TUSC won't come even second in any Southampton ward.

    Money/mouth - are we on?
    If they was not worried about the TUSC they would not bring it up at the Labour main office.
    even your self is changing your turn a bit, did you not say that TUSC would not improve on last year elections 1% comes to mind. and now you change that to coming second any where in Southampton.
    This how worried Local Labour is they have named there Redbridge Ward Candidate for this year Election early, normally they will not declaire till end of March.
    another thing for you. Even your favourit Green party are standing down in Redbridge in favour off me, to give a better run at the Labour Party."
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John Denham calls on Southampton City Council to rethink cuts to adult social care

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham

First published in Politics Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

A SOUTHAMPTON MP has called on councillors to rethink cuts in adult social care spending due to be agreed today.

Itchen MP John Denham is urging ruling Conservatives to review £3.25m of cuts from its £70m care budget.

He has compiled a 25-page dossier which reveals one third of residential homes inspected last year are failing to meet minimum Government standards.

However Conservative care boss councillor Ivan White insisted the council would not let standards slide and accused Mr Denham of “putting two and two together and coming up with five.”

The Labour MP’s dossier reveals that nearly half of elderly care home residents were last year in homes that failed at least one of five risk based minimum standards, and one fifth were in homes that failed three or more.

The council paid the fees or placed around two thirds of the 740 over-65s in the city’s residential care homes in 2010.

Eleven of the 29 homes inspected last year received critical reports from the care watchdog Care Quality Commission, Mr Denham’s report revealed.

Council bosses were recently forced to suspend admissions at Woodside Lodge, one of three residential homes the authority runs, after it failed four minimum standards. And the Bupa run Oak Lodge Nursing Home, built in partnership with the council, failed all five standards categories.

Mr Denham said: “We know that a third of the homes that were inspected last year weren’t offering the safety, the dignity and the security that we would all want for our own parents and grandparents and the worry is that things will get worse rather than better.

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“People will be expecting assurances from the council that if savings of this scale are going to be made it’s not going to make things worse.”

Councillor White said: “This is scaremongering by a Cabinet member of the former Government that left the country in a financial mess.”

He said the council was putting more resources into improving care homes in the city. He added most of the proposed savings were efficiencies and they would not affect care in residential homes.

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