Carers lose specialist support in Bromley
Carers Bromley, the local charity, has lost the funding it needs to support unpaid carers in Bromley. Based in St Mary Cray, the charity has been operating for 26 years and supported 5,500 carers of all ages in 2016/7, including some as young as 4 years old.
Carers Bromley’s Chief Executive, Lynne Powrie, said that “the new commissioning model pursued by Bromley Council and the CCG resulted in unsustainable funding cuts which meant we simply could not deliver all the necessary services needed by carers. Whilst Carers Bromley understands the pressure on Council funding, the new commissioning model has added a costly, additional layer of bureaucracy that takes money away from frontline services. The much-reduced funding to support carers will now go to Bromley Third Sector Enterprises (BTSE), a local partnership of other charities”.
Carers Bromley’s Chairman, Carole Crane, stated that “the local authority is obliged to provide a Care Act compliant service for carers. Services for carers, now apportioned across non-specialist providers, means that there will not be a dedicated specialist support service for carers in the borough.
Jane Palmer, a carer for her disabled husband, said “the decision by the Council is beyond comprehension. All the expertise that Carers Bromley has will be lost. We don’t know what will happen next. Carers are very upset.”
The future of the service now hangs in the balance and the organisation is planning ways to try to survive in order to continue to offer much needed support to carers in Bromley.