By the slimmest of margins (2 votes) members of Powys County Council have voted to call on the Council’s Cabinet to reverse the decision the previous Cabinet took in March this year to increase charges for attendance and meals at the county’s social care day centres.
An increase in charges from £5 to £7.50 per day was introduced from April this year.
At a meeting of the full County Council on Thursday, the councillors voted on a Motion proposed by Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group, and seconded by Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Leader of the Welsh Labour Group, to restore the charges to their original level.
Cllr Gibson-Watt reminded the council that the Cabinet decision had been made after the county council had set its 2017/18 budget and Council Tax rate and without prior consultation with individual service users or council members.
Cllr Gibson-Watt said:-
“This vote shows that there is considerable disquiet about both the manner in which the increases were imposed and the effect they may have on some of the most vulnerable in our society. There should have been a much more detailed consultation with individual service users and their carers before any changes were made, to properly assess their impact.”
“The Cabinet must now reconsider this issue and I hope it can agree to restore the charges to their previous level.”