Steve McCabe MP calls for honesty from Birmingham City Council’s on their plans for Kingswood Drive Respite Service

This Carers Week, Steve McCabe MP has called for Birmingham City Council to be open and honest about their plans for Kingswood Drive Bungalows, a local service that offers respite for carers.

Steve McCabe and Richard Burden MP met with the Joint Commissioning Team, responsible for the use of resources on behalf of Birmingham City Council in March and the discussions were positive. However, since the meeting the Council have been very quiet on their future plans for Kingswood Drive Bungalows.

The respite service is designed to support adults with learning difficulties and their families and carers, the specialist accommodation opened in 2000 on Monyhull Hall Road. The Kingswood Drive Carers Group has put on a united front ever since concerns were raised in November 2013 and have worked with Steve and Richard to put pressure on the Council for openness.

Kingswood Drive Carers Group have regularly stressed that taking the service away from carers would place more pressure and stress on them, a genuine concern which is being highlighted this week by national awareness campaign, Carers Week. The aim of the Carers Week is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. As part of Carers Week, there is a drive to reach out to thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on services and support. 1 in 8 people are carers and over 50% of carers say that they are not receiving enough support either financially or emotionally. Taking these facts into account, Steve, Richard and the Carers Group have stressed the importance of keeping the respite service running as it offers carers and their loved one regular much needed breaks.

Diane Capewell, Head of Kingswood Drive Carers Group said:

“We have been fighting for openness and will continue to fight for Kingswood Drive Respite Service. Our carers group is not willing to backdown; the Kingswood Drive Respite Service provides essential breaks to carers who otherwise would struggle to cope day in, day out.”

Steve McCabe MP said:

“Carers week aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for and the fact that 50% of carers are not receiving enough support either financially or emotionally is very concerning. In my constituency we have a great respite service which is highly valued by the people who use it but at the moment there is uncertainty surrounding the future of the service, what we now need is a guarantee from the Birmingham City Council that Kingswood Respite Service is here to stay.”

For more information about carers week visit: http://www.carersweek.org/

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