It appears that the ASU is running a campaign which is as disingenuous as that which the union says the South Gippsland Shire Council has undertaken.
The HACC landscape is changing and more changes are coming our way.
Firstly, the Commonwealth Government has started the program ‘My Aged Care’ which allows those over 65 years of age to manage their needs independently of council.
Secondly, the NDIS will impact this area in the next 12 months and it is expected that 25 per cent of the current HACC clients will move to NDIS and also will be able to manage their care and select their care providers.
These people do not need council HACC services.
The only area where council HACC may still have a client base is for those under 65 years of age.
This means that the many union workers at the shire HACC service will not have clients who need their services.
These council HACC workers could look to transition their services and skills to other providers who are seeking to establish services for their reaspective clients.
Various service providers have already been advertising their services to the people of South Gippsland.
There are already seven out of 79 councils who do not run a HACC service. Other providers offer services to residents in those communities.
This means that ratepayers are not footing the bill for these services and rates should then be lower.
These social service needs should be the responsibility of Federal and State governments who have the power to raise the appropriate taxes. It should not be the burden of ratepayers.
South Gippsland Action Group (SGAG) supports the efforts of our councillors to make substantial cuts to the council HACC services.
This is done as the HACC service will suffer a drastic cut in client numbers and hence the work force needs to change accordingly.
Lindsay Love, secretary, SGAG.