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Bletchley Community Hospital Reablement team has, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scored a ‘good’ grading across all inspection areas.

Bletchley Community Hospital Reablement team has, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scored a ‘good’ grading across all the 5 following inspection areas:

· Is the service safe?

· Is the service effective?

· Is the service caring?

· Is the service responsive?

· Is the service well led?

The reablement team based at the Bletchley Community Hospital are part of Milton Keynes Council’s ‘Reablement and Rehabilitation service’, known as ‘Intermediate Care.’

The service provides short term, 6 weeks, personal care to older and disabled people who have left hospital so that they can become independent again after illness.

December figure is the equivalent of 3 to 4 wards of patients.

At the time of the inspection in December 2017 there were 89 people receiving support from the reablement team. Without this support they would have remained in hard pressed MK Hospital taking up between 3 to 4 wards.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Housing, Cllr Nigel Long, welcomed another CQC inspection report highlighting the quality of Council services. He also told the Councils Budget Scrutiny committee on the 9 January that “We will continue to protect services like reablement. Not only are they good services that help people stay independent in their own homes, our top priority, but the service is crucial to helping Milton Keynes Hospital safely discharge patients, freeing up beds for more serious medical cases. In December the number being supported at home was equal to 3 or 4 hospital wards. Just think what pressure the hospital would have faced without the Councils’ reablement service.

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Cllr Long concluded, “As with other recent inspection reports, the high quality and caring nature of the staff is highlighted. I am proud of the work and commitment of staff. I am proud we have good services like reablement in Milton Keynes and that we are working closely with the hard pressed hospital.

Reablement Inspection: Another Social Care service gets 100% ‘Good’ inspection. - And takes pressure off our Hospital

Bletchley Community Hospital Reablement team has, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scored a ‘good’ grading across all inspection areas.

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The next public meeting of the Community Forum will be on Monday 22 January, 7pm at the Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road, Bletchley.

The meeting for residents of the Bletchley and Fenny area and local leaders from the Council and police service will build upon an initial meeting between the Police and community leaders held on the 8 January (Picture attached)

Cllr Khan said, “There is a need to tackle some local issues of crime and anti-social behaviour in the Bletchley and Fenny area, including on the Lakes estate. Community Leaders met with the Police on the 8th January and a new Community Forum is being launched on the 22 January.”

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He concluded, “A very positive meeting was held with Police Officers and community leaders. We now want to see community involvement in discussions about these matters. I would encourage residents to come along on the 22 January. The meeting will start at 7.00pm and be held at the Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road. ”

Bletchley & Fenny Community Forum to bring Police and Community Leaders together to tackle local crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

The next public meeting of the Community Forum will be on Monday 22 January, 7pm at the Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road, Bletchley.

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Labour in Milton Keynes have said that they will ask the public to back them in supporting an extra 1% rise in council tax to pay for more help for rough-sleepers, children’s mental health services, and extra funds to the Voluntary and Charity Sector (VCS).

MK Council is currently consulting on cuts of £14million for next year, having already had to make cuts of over £130 million since 2010. Those proposals include a Council Tax rise of 1.99% and a Social Care Levy increase of 3%, totalling a rise of 4.99%.

However during the Budget in December, the Chancellor announced councils could consider an extra 1% rise in council tax to offset major demand pressures for services. Now Labour’s ruling Cabinet will recommend that MK Council takes the extra 1% rise, but that the money should be invested in tackling the rough-sleeping issue, more mental health support for young people, and extra help for the voluntary and charity sector.

The Cabinet are proposing:

· Extra funding to tackling rough sleeping

· Ongoing funding for emergency accommodation for rough-sleepers

· Mental Health support for street homeless

· Housing and tenancy advice service

The draft budget already included funds for outreach work and funds for a One Stop Shop for rough-sleepers.

· Funding for children’s mental health support

· More help for the voluntary and community sector

· Introducing a small grant fund for new health and wellbeing schemes

· VCS Resilience Fund

· Support for sector capacity building

The council will maintain their Council Tax help scheme at the current level of support.

Cllr Peter Marland, Labour Leader of MK Council said:

MK Council has faced huge cuts over the past 7 years and services have suffered. We know we have to take tough decisions. The Draft Budget we proposed in December protected a number of areas such as grass cutting, landscaping and litter, as well as investing more in some areas like road signs. It also has some extra money for homelessness.

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Cllr Marland continued: “However the services that have suffered the most from cuts are the ones many people don’t see, the support and help services that many people rely on. So we are proposing that we should take the extra 1% council tax rise and invest the extra income in support vulnerable people, helping rough-sleepers, investing in children’s mental health services and supporting our voluntary sector.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities said:

We are determined to try and alleviate some of the suffering caused by Tory government cuts. It is disgusting that today in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries people have to sleep on the streets and can’t access help and support. We need to end the tent crisis in the City not by removing people, as the Tory Leader of Windsor would, but by helping people get off the street and supporting them into a better place, with housing and mental health care.”

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She continued:

We also want to invest in children’s mental health services and support our voluntary sector that provides a safety net, but also to help keep people fit and active, building community resilience. The money spent on these areas is an investment for the future and will actually save the council money in the future, I am sure.

Cllr Marland concluded:

This is not an easy choice. We know people are finding making ends meet tough, and so is the council after years of cuts. However this extra funding will save lives, improve lives and give people hope for the future. It will make the City a better place and ultimately save us money. I hope people can support it.

Labour ready to back extra funds for rough-sleeping and mental health

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