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ISLE OF WIGHT NOT ALONE IN COMMUNITY CARE FUNDING CRISIS

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The Isle of Wight CC has announced it has only enough money to run community care services until Tuesday, reported ...
The Isle of Wight CC has announced it has only enough money to run community care services until Tuesday, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p4).

An emergency package has been drawn up with the remaining £22,000 of care money to fund services for elderly people in urgent need over the next eight weeks.

The council claims its difficulties have arisen after it received £2.2m less than expected in the current financial years due to government changes in the allocation of community care grants.

Three other local authorities are said to be facing serious problems, with many others having to make cut backs, the paper reported.

BBC Cambridgeshire reported Liberal Democrat social services spokeswoman Sheila Brent-Smith warning that Cambridgeshire CC had to rein in services in all departments.

'If we do not we will be overspent by £3m by the end of the financial year on spending on STG, our budget for care in the community.'

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