UNISON is a Trade Union that acknowledges that services need to change and develop to meet the needs of the community within the Local Authority, at this present time of austerity all services on offer need to be ‘good value for money’ and perform well. UNISON also acknowledges it is prudent and necessary to protect future budgets by careful planning.
The above values lead UNISON to question the changes of the service provision at The Bush Residential as presented within this plan. Detailed within the draft plan BCC has made a prediction that the number of children with additional needs will rise over the coming years. A reduction in the number of beds at the Bush may cause other budgets to be put under pressure in the future, as families may be unable to sustain family life due to the unavailability of a residential short break service.