Is this disability campaigner the first victim of Brighton and Hove's latest budget cuts? (From The Argus)
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Is this disability campaigner the first victim of Brighton and Hove's latest budget cuts?
A disabled Brighton man claims he is one of the first victims of town hall plans to cut millions from services for the disabled and elderly.
Disability campaigner Chris Kift, 64, is visited by Brighton and Hove City Council carers every day of the week at his home in High Street, Kemp Town.
He suffers from diabetes, asthma, spinal arthritis and peripheral neuropathy – a condition that’s left him wheelchair-bound and unable to walk.
But, just two weeks after The Argus revealed the council had to make savings of £24 million in the coming year, Mr Kift has been told his care will be immediately reduced.
Last night the local authority said the reduction in care was not related to its budget for next year, but was put in place ahead of a change of accommodation.
Mr Kift said: “It didn’t take the council long. They don’t hang about. Council officers told me I needed to move because my flat is too small for my wheelchair and the lifts here are dodgy.
“I was meant to move this year, then January and now it looks like March.
“My social worker told me that as of now they’re not funding my domestic calls, which is two, one-hour-a-week sessions.”
Mr Kift currently contributes £64.25 a week towards his personal care, but said he will now have to pay an extra £60 a month to pay for an Age UK subscription.
He added: “I’m losing two hours a week, I will not be saving anything, but the council will.
“My social worker told me I’d probably need even more care when I move flat. What will happen then?”
As part of nearly £6 million of reductions to its adult social care budget, Brighton and Hove City Council will look to save around £150,000 from its home-care budget.
A council spokeswoman said: “We review care requirements for disabled or older people as standard procedure following the provision of any new equipment to support independent living or a move to a more suitably equipped house.
“In either of these situations, different needs may be identified which can mean a change in personal support.
“This is what has happened in this case.
“If anyone we are working with is not in agreement with or is dissatisfied with their support plan, an appeal can be made using the Adult Social Care complaints procedure.”
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