Early Warnings: 2013
During the summer of 2013, Haringey Autism became aware of attempts to cut the care packages of a number of adults with autism and learning disabilities or mental health problems. In response to an initiative from Julia Wilkins of Haringey Autism, Council leader Claire Kober arranged a meeting bringing together representatives of the Council and the Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group with parents and carers, which took place in November. After another meeting chaired by Cllr Kober in January 2014, the Autism Working Group was formed – it continued to meet approximately monthly during 2014.
In the meantime, Hilarie Williams/Gedroyc with a group of parents, carers and others, wrote to the chair of the Haringey CCG expressing concerns about attempts to drive down costs of care packages. Later in the month Jill Shattock, director of commissioning, responded formally on behalf of the CCG.
First Responses: December 2014
In November 2014, council officials cancelled a proposed meeting of the Autism Working Group at short notice, without making arrangements for another. Then, in the first week of December, some of our members discovered Haringey’s budget plans – and the drastic cuts they entailed. The first public acknowledgement of the Council’s budget plans came at meeting of the Haringey Learning Disabilities Partnership Board on 10 December. The publication of the Council’s plans provoked a range of responses – from the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, the Autism Working Group, and from individuals. Letters were written both to Haringey Council and to the Clinical Commissioning Group. Mary Langan and Anna Nicholson of the National Autistic Society made statements to a Haringey Council Cabinet committee on 18 December.
Continuing Representations: January 2015
In the course of the ‘token consultation’ period (from 16 December to 18 January – see documents) we continued to make representations, in the form of email exchanges, discussions at public consultations and in meetings with council officials (see also ‘Letters to the Press’).
Continuing Representations: February 2015
Statements/Letters to Press