Jun 30 2011 Harrow Observer
I HAVE discovered that Harrow Council's cabinet, at a meeting last Wednesday, approved the acceptance of £2.1million from the Primary Care Trust (NHS Harrow) into the adult social care budget and, at the same time, approved the transfer of the same sum from the adult social care budget to the 'transformation and priority initiatives fund'.
This effectively means that the PCT contribution of some £2.1m will make no overall difference to the adult social care budget for Harrow.
This is obviously of concern to those requiring care and to their carers.
When the government announced the local government financial settlement, the government said it was directing PCTs to transfer money to local authority and this money was included in the settlement.
The total amount in question was £2.6m. Of this, £0.5million was given back to the PCT, leaving the £2.1m.
I am told that when the council set budgets, extra council funds were allocated to the adult social care budget pending receipt of the PCT funds.
Now that the PCT money has been received, the council wants to transfer its extra funds out.
And is it not ironic that the portfolio holder for adult health and social care, who has her photo in the papers at regular intervals and tells us that she understands what it means to be a carer, voted in cabinet for these measures and also the cuts to the voluntary sector grants?
COUNCILLOR STANLEY SHEINWALD Independent councillor for Hatch