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Job Cuts Announced For Independent Living Workers

Monday December 10 2012



ALMOST 30 support workers who were recruited to help people learn skills to allow them to become independent have been told their jobs are at risk.

The staff at the council's Home Assessment and Reablement Team (HART) have been told that 29 jobs will have to go as demand for the service has not been as high as predicted.

It only lauched in March last year to offer support for up to six weeksto help locals regain living skills to become independent at home - reducing the costs of long term home care.

But a council spokesman said: "A key challenge faced by the service has been the consistently lower than anticipated demand for the number of care hours requiring reablement support, based on the initial projections when the service was commissioned."

The council's ruling cabinet decided last week to keep 75 HART workers with the other 29 placed 'at risk.'
 
The cuts are expected to save £580,000 per year

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Reply Posted by David C on Sunday December 16 2012 at 10:14
The reason the Hart team service is not being used is that patients from Barnsley Hospital are not always discharged with proper care plans and so are not told about the service. If people aren't being told about a service then it obviously won't be utilized sufficiently.

Reply Posted by April on Sunday December 16 2012 at 10:42
A lot of the hart team have already been told they HAVE lost there jobs, council maybe not been honest with this press release?

Reply Posted by davcrack on Sunday December 16 2012 at 12:14
Hospital were at fault for not promoting it but council have not been proactive in finding why the service was not being use.