The Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Derek Osbourne, has replied to the letter of 8 July 2011 from Baroness Jane Campbell, Ann Macfarlane OBE, Ali Kashmiri, Pat Page and Jane Young. In our letter to Derek Osbourne dated 8 July 2011 we highlighted the serious disadvantage that would be faced by severely disabled people who will be charged huge sums for their essential independent living support. We also asked for specific details of how service users can access the promised discretion that the needs of high users of services would be considered on an individual basis.
You can read the reply from Derek Osbourne dated 21 July 2011 here.
We intend to write to Simon Pearce, Executive Head of Adult Services, to request details of how the discretion will operate in practice, particularly for those service users who do not have a named care manager to support them.