Letters - December 4, 2012

SPEAK OUT: Help for the elderly and disabled is vital

SPEAK OUT: Help for the elderly and disabled is vital

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Blackpool Council is about to consult on its budget for 2013.

Almost 40 charities and organisations which support disabled and older people, including the deafblind charity Sense, Age UK, British Red Cross and Macmillian Cancer Support, have come together to urge councillors to not forget about vital social care for disabled and older people.

Many will be condemned to a miserable, isolated and unsafe future if social care is not funded properly. Care and support services help people with basic tasks such as washing, eating and getting out of the house. These are not nice-to-have extras but vital for daily life.

Many are already struggling under the strain of cuts in their area, and have been pushed into financial hardship, isolation and ill health. We, as organisations that support people severely affected by the cuts, are deeply concerned about the anguish caused by lack of social care. We witness the harsh reality every day.

We call on Blackpool Council to find ways to protect frontline care and support services for vulnerable people from cuts.

For readers who care about the future of older people, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions, and their carers and families, we urge you to let your local authority know you will not accept any further cuts to these vital services.

VANESSA STEVENS,

On behalf of Care and Support Alliance.

MR Black, of Poulton (Letters, November 27) complains that football parking is too dear.

He is obviously not aware that Blackpool Council offers a parking permit specifically for the Blackpool Football Club parking for two hours before and after the game.

It covers all Blackpool home matches and is valid from August 1 to May 31 each year. It currently costs £60 and can be used on the car parks around the ground, including the one Mr Black mentions.

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May I convey my appreciation to our County Coun Andrea Kay.

At Christmas amid all the celebrations, families also reflect on relations who are no longer with us.

Coun Kay’s idea to remember our loved ones by placing their names on the Christmas tree in Cleveleys is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the festive season without losing sight of our departed loved ones.

DONNA ROSS-SMITH,

Tebay Avenue,

Cleveleys.

We were extremely distressed when our cat was knocked down and killed on Berwick Road, Blackpool, at 9.05am on November 27 by a driver who paused but then left the scene.

Thankfully, three very kind witnesses helped me and my daughter deal with the situation. Saying ‘sorry’ would have shown some compassion. Our daughter is heartbroken.

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