Cuts mean we’ll simply be stuck at home

Calder Valley Club members  Doug Jones, Jason Ferguson and Ian Highley
Calder Valley Club members Doug Jones, Jason Ferguson and Ian Highley

Clients of Calder Valley Club for physically disabled people say the amount of time they can spend there has been slashed following changes to direct payments made by Calderdale Council’s social services department.

They have been told Calder Valley, at Mytholmroyd, is too expensive and steered towards Scope, which won the council’s contract to provide these type of services last summer.

Others have retained their level of day care at the club but claim efforts were made to persuade them to use other services.

Calder Valley Club service user and committee member Doug Jones, of Highfield Road, Rastrick, says reduction of funding for a full five days at the club down to one on grounds of cost means he will simply be left at home.

He would have to fund his travel to Scope and pay extra one-on-one costs, all included in Calder Valley’s price which is only £10 a day more than Scope, he said. “It’s affecting almost everybody at the club. They are tearing us apart. It’s taking away my quality of life,” he said.

Mr Dave Ferguson, of Wheatley, Halifax, whose wheelchair-bound son Jason, 36, has learning difficulties, said his son was able to remain at the club but efforts had been made to steer him elsewhere.