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More ‘bad news to come’ amid Birmingham City Council cuts

More ‘bad news to come’ amid Birmingham City Council cuts

Protesters gathered outside the council house on Tuesday as the campaign against the proposals continued.

Full-time carer Jean Cross, 64, is fighting to save Harborne Day Centre from closure.

His brother Robert Mason has been a regular at the place for 43 years, since it opened.

Jean, from Edgbaston, said: “If Robert doesn’t go to another day centre my life is over. It’s a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week job. I only get five hours a day.”

The 62-year-old is severely disabled and attends the center five days a week. Not only does it get him out of the house, it also gets him to meet other people and be taken on trips, his sister said.

“It’s very stressful and I’m very young. I have 80-year-old caregivers calling me crying because they’re so stressed at this stage of their life,” she said.

“They are picking on the most vulnerable. Robert is peanuts. Caregivers are cheap labor. The silent army that advances day after day, under the radar, and we just move on.”

She called on the new Labour-led government to do more for “unsung heroes”.

“It’s about time they started taking care of us.”