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David Ward MP of Bradford East has been shortlisted under the Policy Driver category for the 2nd Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises UK-based politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. The MP is nominated for his campaign on improving the Social Care Provision in his Bradford constituency.

With an unprecedented squeeze on Adult Social Care budgets, rising levels of complex needs, and increasing demand for services for the ageing population, the much needed reform of the social care system is crucial for nearly 15,000 people who rely on Council commissioned social care services in Bradford.

Bradford Council is changing the care eligibility criteria from ‘moderate’ to ‘substantial’ to reduce the number of people eligible to receive paid care and support from the Council. This means that the severity of a person’s condition needs to be far worse, potentially ignoring the elderly, working age people with disabilities such as autism and those living with dementia. Mr Ward conducted a thorough analysis of the reforms proposed, having sent out surveys to 35,000 households, held a summit attended by 136 members of the public and meetings with several charities, including Age UK and the Bradford Alliance on Community Care, to discuss the effects of the Social Care White Paper.

Mr Ward also worked in conjunction with the national disability charity Scope to create the Bradford Cares campaign which was a consortium of local charities organised to campaign against the cuts in social care in Bradford www.bradfordcares.org.

Mr Ward’s findings showed that the proposed changes will not be saving money in the long-run but instead, will have devastating health and well-being implications for over 2,000 vulnerable people in the area. The current decision to stop preventative and ‘moderate’ services will cost more in the future and could result in further costs of £2.34m to the Council and NHS. Along with colleagues from the Bradford Cares consortium, Mr Ward presented the report to Bradford Council and the Department of Health and also presented a local Bradford petition to Number 10 Downing Street with over 1,000 signatures.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “The award illustrates that we do have government representatives that actively work on meeting the people’s needs and we must focus on bringing more positive role models into society and diminish negative news - that is the grassroot diplomacy way”. 

 

Join David Ward and other government nominees at The Mayfair Hotel, London on Thursday 15th May 2014 where the awards ceremony will be hosted by TV Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos. For ticket information please visit: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/awards.

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