Jan Frances, West Mercia Women’s Aid chief executive, said she feared women risked more violence if services are faced with the cuts, as calls have increased from 1,800 a year to more than 3,200.
“If the cut comes in we’ll have longer waiting lists, fewer calls getting answered when they ring, and longer delays in getting back to people,” she said.
"I don’t blame the council, because I know their funding is going down, but these are cuts on cuts.”But the council is, quite rightly, looking at it’s ‘must haves’ and discarding the ‘nice to haves’:
Councillor Sheila Blagg, cabinet member for adult social care, said services needed to be prioritised.
“We know we need to do things differently and with an ageing population, we are reforming adult social care to meet the needs of more people with less money,” she said.After all, no-one has a choice about whether to get old. But picking a partner who isn’t violent to you (and the vast majority do know or suspect what they might be letting themselves in for), well, that’s within your own reach.
“It is important to be clear that we have decided not to change the eligibility criteria for adult social care and that the Future Lives programme is also about empowering people to stay healthy for longer, remain in their own homes where possible, and find support easily.
"We need to review all services and prioritise those which we legally must provide.”I expect the fakecharities will make their next big push getting on that list of ‘services councils must legally provide’.
One thing’s for certain – they won’t go away.