It is disappointing to hear Manningham Council have decided in-principle, to transition out of providing the Commonwealth Home Support Program from October 2023, leaving over 2000 aged residents across Manningham with an uncertain future and the potential for 112 staff to lose their jobs.
In-home care provides support to help our ageing and most vulnerable community members stay independent and in their own homes for as long as possible, with things like personal care, transport, food, shopping, housework, physio, social activities, and modifications to the home.
These hard-working and dedicated staff who work for Manningham Council providing these much-needed services, which are predominantly older women, and they are now facing an uncertain future, despite Manningham’s rapidly ageing population.
This decision also narrows the options for ageing residents who will be limited to private service providers or leaving their homes for aged-care facilities or retirement villages.
Ms. Terpstra, State Labor Member for the North-Eastern Metropolitan Region said “Council’s response to this situation is very uncaring as many recipients in Manningham require specifically tailored in-home care, which will only add to the strain on carers who are tending to the needs of elderly family members. It’s a very short-sighted decision. “
“I also expect that Manningham Council is fully complying with their industrial obligations in consulting with effected staff and their union. I hope that every effort is being made by Manningham Council to save as many jobs as possible.”
Despite Council expressing concerns about rising costs, it is noted there has been increases in municipal charges and executive salaries in the past, while at the same time cutting services, meaning local ratepayers are receiving less services and less value for their rate dollar.
Councils such as Merri-bek, Darebin and Yarra Councils have delayed any decisions to cease services and have chosen to working together to seek funding certainty from the Commonwealth Government so elderly residents can continue to be supported.
Ms. Terpstra said “I urge Manningham Council to reconsider their in-principle decision to opt out of the Commonwealth Home Support Program and commit to ongoing service provision of this important service for elderly Manningham residents in their time of need.”