Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.

“We aim to continue the service with funding from voluntary income,” said its director of community services, Mark Cunningham. “This is an essential service for carers and one we would fight hard to retain. Cuts to [families’] personal budgets will inevitably affect people’s ability to buy in respite and other support services and could make life a lot tougher for those living with an illness or disability, or caring for someone who is ill or disabled.”

Goldie Benedikt, who cares for her disabled daughter, Rivki, eight, with her husband, said any cuts in respite aid would “make a big difference.

“Without that we would never get a Sunday off as carers. But more than that, the care is really good for Rivki,” Mrs Benedikt said.

Salford’s elected Mayor Ian Stewart said the full extent of cuts would be announced next month.

But a confirmed cut is that moderately disabled adults will lose carer home visits, leaving charities to take up the slack. “Our two biggest spending departments — children’s services and adult care — will inevitably and regrettably bear the brunt. We cannot make the cuts demanded by the government without vital services to the young and old suffering some pain.”

Last updated: 11:45am, January 13 2014