Is this disability campaigner the first victim of Brighton and Hove's latest budget cuts?

The Argus: Chris Kift Chris Kift

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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11:11am Wed 18 Dec 13

s&k says...

Wll B&HCC needs all the money it can to pay for Senior Management Salaries and people doing Twitter.
Wll B&HCC needs all the money it can to pay for Senior Management Salaries and people doing Twitter. s&k

11:15am Wed 18 Dec 13

fredaj says...

So the answer to the headline is "no".
So the answer to the headline is "no". fredaj

11:40am Wed 18 Dec 13

NickBrt says...

If he hitched up a caravan in wild park the council would fall over themselves to throw money at him. maybe his mp can help, at least his mp is in Brighton rather than balcombe.
If he hitched up a caravan in wild park the council would fall over themselves to throw money at him. maybe his mp can help, at least his mp is in Brighton rather than balcombe. NickBrt

11:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

Hove Actually says...

It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does?

Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.
It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does? Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of. Hove Actually

12:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

fredaj says...

Hove Actually wrote:
It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does?

Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.
Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here.

Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does? Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.[/p][/quote]Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here. Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it. fredaj

1:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

fredaj wrote:
Hove Actually wrote:
It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does?

Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.
Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here.

Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it.
The cuts are because he will need reduced care in a new flat. He is as of this moment not in a new flat. The cuts are already in place. It doesn't need imagination to see that the cart has come before the horse!
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does? Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.[/p][/quote]Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here. Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it.[/p][/quote]The cuts are because he will need reduced care in a new flat. He is as of this moment not in a new flat. The cuts are already in place. It doesn't need imagination to see that the cart has come before the horse! mimseycal

2:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Tring says...

Why does the council need to make these cuts?

Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus.

And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure.
Why does the council need to make these cuts? Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus. And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure. Tring

2:11pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Lady Smith says...

I wasn't aware there was a competition to see who would be 'first'...
I wasn't aware there was a competition to see who would be 'first'... Lady Smith

4:38pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Pretty much sums up this incompetent council.

Happy to waste money on people and things that don't need investment and turn their backs on the very people who need them and that the tax payers would like to support

Couldn't make it up

Shameful

Cycle paths anyone?
Pretty much sums up this incompetent council. Happy to waste money on people and things that don't need investment and turn their backs on the very people who need them and that the tax payers would like to support Couldn't make it up Shameful Cycle paths anyone? Somethingsarejustwrong

5:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

mimseycal wrote:
fredaj wrote:
Hove Actually wrote: It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does? Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.
Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here. Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it.
The cuts are because he will need reduced care in a new flat. He is as of this moment not in a new flat. The cuts are already in place. It doesn't need imagination to see that the cart has come before the horse!
Unfortunately, no.

When the council was planning its budget for the current year (which would have been prior to March) it was anticipated that this man would be moving in December, and that from that date he would require less care.

Accordingly, resources were allocated on that basis. Although the story does not say so, I think we may safely infer that the care workers will not be spending an extra 2 hours a week doing nothing at all- most likely their time has been re-allocated. Bear in mind that there is a waiting list for these services, and that someone else is now benefitting. Not that it helps this chap much.

And that is the real story- even at current levels the Council cannot provide the care it is required to by law, and is intending making further cuts.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: It read to me that he has yet to move,so why have the stupid support workers stopped his care before he does? Saving money is the ONLY answer I can think of.[/p][/quote]Then you lack imagination because it might just be an error or there might simply be a good reason that has not been revealed to us here. Often with these stories, we only get to hear the half of it.[/p][/quote]The cuts are because he will need reduced care in a new flat. He is as of this moment not in a new flat. The cuts are already in place. It doesn't need imagination to see that the cart has come before the horse![/p][/quote]Unfortunately, no. When the council was planning its budget for the current year (which would have been prior to March) it was anticipated that this man would be moving in December, and that from that date he would require less care. Accordingly, resources were allocated on that basis. Although the story does not say so, I think we may safely infer that the care workers will not be spending an extra 2 hours a week doing nothing at all- most likely their time has been re-allocated. Bear in mind that there is a waiting list for these services, and that someone else is now benefitting. Not that it helps this chap much. And that is the real story- even at current levels the Council cannot provide the care it is required to by law, and is intending making further cuts. Goldenwight

6:44pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

Bearing in mind that it is not up to the council to preempt changes to a vulnerable individual. I will end up having my legs amputated. That is the natural prognosis of my medical condition. It still took over 10 months of my lifting a 73kg wheelchair over a 19cm threshold before they would provide ramped access.

Reason? They couldn't provide ramped access before it was actually necessary as eventually necessary wasn't reason enough.
Bearing in mind that it is not up to the council to preempt changes to a vulnerable individual. I will end up having my legs amputated. That is the natural prognosis of my medical condition. It still took over 10 months of my lifting a 73kg wheelchair over a 19cm threshold before they would provide ramped access. Reason? They couldn't provide ramped access before it was actually necessary as eventually necessary wasn't reason enough. mimseycal

7:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Valerie Paynter says...

A lot of people have had their quality of life within the home very severely impaired by loss of home help over some time now and anyone receiving DLA is first in the queue and expected to use it to fund home help. The council also expects people to use volunteers instead of trained and CRB checked home helps. A fairly dodgy situation all round.

BHCC and all other councils are under this pressure and it is the old and disabled who are too humiliated and too strength and time limited to fight back who are targeted. Easy meat. And they are utterly ruthless about it.
A lot of people have had their quality of life within the home very severely impaired by loss of home help over some time now and anyone receiving DLA is first in the queue and expected to use it to fund home help. The council also expects people to use volunteers instead of trained and CRB checked home helps. A fairly dodgy situation all round. BHCC and all other councils are under this pressure and it is the old and disabled who are too humiliated and too strength and time limited to fight back who are targeted. Easy meat. And they are utterly ruthless about it. Valerie Paynter

9:48pm Wed 18 Dec 13

keswick says...

Two things about this article.

Firstly the mention of the dreaded Social Workers for this department. I have had the misfortune to deal with them and I would not wish that on anyone. They are OK if you bow and scrape to them and they can tick their boxes but god help you if you question them. They make your life a living hell.

Secondly the mention of the complaints procedure. I challenge anyone to go through that and get a successful outcome. They close ranks and support each other no matter how wrong they are and will never admit or rectify their mistakes.

And don't forget my comments, and that is what they are, are based on real life experience not a pink and fluffy perception of that department.
Two things about this article. Firstly the mention of the dreaded Social Workers for this department. I have had the misfortune to deal with them and I would not wish that on anyone. They are OK if you bow and scrape to them and they can tick their boxes but god help you if you question them. They make your life a living hell. Secondly the mention of the complaints procedure. I challenge anyone to go through that and get a successful outcome. They close ranks and support each other no matter how wrong they are and will never admit or rectify their mistakes. And don't forget my comments, and that is what they are, are based on real life experience not a pink and fluffy perception of that department. keswick

10:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Tring wrote:
Why does the council need to make these cuts?

Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus.

And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure.
So a couple of weels time then der
[quote][p][bold]Tring[/bold] wrote: Why does the council need to make these cuts? Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus. And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure.[/p][/quote]So a couple of weels time then der whoee!

10:57pm Wed 18 Dec 13

whoee! says...

whoee! wrote:
Tring wrote:
Why does the council need to make these cuts?

Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus.

And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure.
So a couple of weels time then der
Sorry weeks time
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tring[/bold] wrote: Why does the council need to make these cuts? Ah yes, that would be the cuts handed down by central government, wouldn't it? No space to mention this important bit of context in the Tory Argus. And, of course, this story - distressing though it is for the guy concerned - won't be related to budget cuts for next year anyway, because these cuts won't kick in until, er, next year. The clue is the phrase 'next year', though of course budgets are already under great pressure.[/p][/quote]So a couple of weels time then der[/p][/quote]Sorry weeks time whoee!

11:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

AS-Kemptown says...

One needs to examine the whole picture, not only the abbreviated and biased version presented. The gentleman discussed may need some or all of the care represented in the article. air is however, important to consider the volunteer work carried out by Mr. Kift. He is on various tenant based groups and chair of the City Assembly. His disability does not seem to preclude him from actively engaging in these various groups which I imagine take up a considerable amount of time. Perhaps the Council in their assessment of the time needed to prove care for Mr. Kift take into account the time commitments for all of these groups to which he belongs and plays and active part. The DWP may also be interested in the time and work load involved in assessing eligibility for various benefits that he may be currently receiving. remember there rate two sides to every story.
One needs to examine the whole picture, not only the abbreviated and biased version presented. The gentleman discussed may need some or all of the care represented in the article. air is however, important to consider the volunteer work carried out by Mr. Kift. He is on various tenant based groups and chair of the City Assembly. His disability does not seem to preclude him from actively engaging in these various groups which I imagine take up a considerable amount of time. Perhaps the Council in their assessment of the time needed to prove care for Mr. Kift take into account the time commitments for all of these groups to which he belongs and plays and active part. The DWP may also be interested in the time and work load involved in assessing eligibility for various benefits that he may be currently receiving. remember there rate two sides to every story. AS-Kemptown

11:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Boris D says...

let me see , two bedroom council flat , payed for by the tax payer ,
benefits , and disability benefits , payed for by the tax payer ,
care ,given free to Mr kift payed for by the tax payer ,

yet he stills moans and expects a new flat as well ,

and he seems to be able to get out of the house and work doing work on the council tenants movement and disability network , doesnt sounds like some one thats that unwell to me ,

maybe the DWP should look into his dla claim straight away , as there is far worse off people having their money cut , bedroom tax imposed on them , and people that are terminally ill forced off disability benefits
let me see , two bedroom council flat , payed for by the tax payer , benefits , and disability benefits , payed for by the tax payer , care ,given free to Mr kift payed for by the tax payer , yet he stills moans and expects a new flat as well , and he seems to be able to get out of the house and work doing work on the council tenants movement and disability network , doesnt sounds like some one thats that unwell to me , maybe the DWP should look into his dla claim straight away , as there is far worse off people having their money cut , bedroom tax imposed on them , and people that are terminally ill forced off disability benefits Boris D

7:44am Thu 19 Dec 13

Alison Smith says...

As if being disabled isn't bad enough, I have to read daily articles in the Argus on how the Green run council spends it's funds on "vanity" projects like 20mph schemes, disastrous cycle lanes etc. Cllr Kitcat please concentrate on your core responsibilities.
As if being disabled isn't bad enough, I have to read daily articles in the Argus on how the Green run council spends it's funds on "vanity" projects like 20mph schemes, disastrous cycle lanes etc. Cllr Kitcat please concentrate on your core responsibilities. Alison Smith

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