Questions we asked this month concerned Homecare packages, closure of Lowestoft’s EAOTAs centre and the disparity between amount of expenses Suffolk county councillors can claim for different forms of transport.
Below in full are the questions as tabled by your Suffolk Lib Dem Councillors at September’s Full Council on the 19th, together with a summary of the appropriate Cabinet member’s reply (plus supplementary question and response where appropriate).
Inga Lockington to Cabinet member for Adult Care & Health Allan Murray
Question: How many residents assessed as needing care support and living alone in Suffolk receive Homecare visits of no longer than 15min within their care package?
Answer: We only commission packages that meet the needs of the patients and the basic package is for never less than 30 minutes. However an extra package may be added in certain circumstances. This may be a 15 minute package
Penny Otton to Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Young People Lisa Chambers
Question: Following the interview I did with Sally Chidzoy on BBC LOOK EAST in July I am pleased to discover that the EAOTAS centre in Lowestoft has NOW closed . Why did this take so long??
Answer; EOTAS is run by external contractors – despite SCC working closely with the last company we were unable to come to an agreement, so they were given notice. The scheduled closure is Oct 25th.
Supplementary question: How are you supporting the children?
Answer: We are working closely with the parents to ensure a smooth transition.
Caroline Page to Mark Bee, Leader of the Council
Question: Cllr Bee, as you have made it a council commitment that Suffolk should be ” the greenest county” and that we should ”strive to improve the health, life chance and life expectancy of our residents”, will you now commit to a reduction of the extremely generous mileage allowance Suffolk County councillors get if they use their own cars for transport on county council business – and instead to incentivise county councillors to set a good example to the residents of Suffolk by travelling by public transport or bicycle?
Answer: Council are committed to encouraging healthier / cheaper forms of transport. Allowances and expenses are being reviewed by the remuneration review panel. Cllr Bee says he will put these concerns to the panel
(you can read Caroline Page’s blog about her question here)