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West Norfolk councillor demands government help for ‘retirement’ county

Alexandra Kemp

A West Norfolk councillor has called for greater government support to meet the costs of providing care for the county’s elderly population.

Norfolk County Council is due to set its budget for the forthcoming financial year on Monday, including plans for a near five per cent rise in council tax.
But, although most of that would go towards adult social care if implemented, critics say even greater funding is needed. And Clenchwarton and Lynn South representative Alexandra Kemp has written to the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, to demand extra support.

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Cuts to Norfolk adult social care, which critics say could increase homelessness, agreed – by narrowest of margins.

Cuts to Norfolk adult social care, which critics say could increase homelessness, agreed – by narrowest of margins.

Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

 

Millions of pounds of cuts, including for spending on independent living for young and old, have been backed by councillors – by the narrowest of margins.

The decision to cut more than £11m, including more than £5m from funding for services which support vulnerable people, was today agreed by Norfolk County Council’s adult social care committee.

But an attempt by opposition councillors to stop cuts to housing support was only blocked thanks to the casting vote of Conservative chairman Bill Borrett.

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New dementia support service opens in Cromer

 A new telephone service aims to help people find out what support is available to them when a relative is diagnosed with dementia.

Launch of a new dementia friendly hub for North Norfolk run by Laura Lodge from Danbury Lodge dementia unit at Halsey House, Cromer. Resident Ray Lawrence with Laura Lodge and Tammy Bacon (daughter) PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The scheme, which was launched at Danbury Lodge, in Cromer, yesterday, will give people the opportunity to speak to someone for advice.

It is hoped that the service will benefit carers who struggle to use the internet, individuals living with dementia and local businesses.

Laura Lodge, head of the dementia unit, said: “I think there is a big demand for this, especially in our local area. The idea came from carers who said that when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, they don’t know who to talk to or where to get advice from.”

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