Derbyshire Labour wants to hear about Older people’s services

Derbyshire Labour is hosting an event to find out from the people of Derbyshire what is good about older people’s care and what could be improved.

The event is taking place on Saturday 24th November at Alfreton Grange Arts College, Grange Street, Alfreton. DE55 7JA. It will start at 10.30am and refreshments will be available from 10am. It will finish about 3pm.

Anne Western, Leader of the Labour Group on Derbyshire County Council, explained “We have made the provision of support for the elderly, disabled and their families one of our key priorities.

“There are some really big decisions to be made about how we look after our parents and grandparents. I want to make sure that our policies for the next election are grounded in what the people of Derbyshire want and need.

Councillor Dave Allen, Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Care, added “There is an urgency about this. I am extremely worried about the increasing thresholds for care and the charges being made for services that are keeping people independent and well.

“We are seeing valued services go under the Tory regimes in both London and Matlock. Under a Conservative county council, residential homes, including Derwent House in Chesterfield, are being closed.

“We need to find an alternative that doesn’t risk the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society. Please come along to Alfreton on 24th November to help us shape our plans for these vital services.”

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  To help ensure that there is enough food and drink, please reserve a place by telephoning or texting 0770 857 3862 or emailing

Please leave your name, organisation, address, telephone number and any special dietary requirement or special need.

Councillor Western added “I appreciate that some people will find it difficult to come to an event like this and so if anyone wants to tell us of their experiences they can write to us at Freepost RSAA-ZRHS-YSBG, Harold Wilson House, 23 Barratt Lane, Attenborough. NG9 6AD. We would like to know what is good and bad about the care they receive. And if anyone has ideas about how to improve the things that aren’t so good, I would love to hear those too.”

Please send any written submissions by 12th December 2012.

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