Former Westminster Conservative Councillor Mehfuz Ahmed, advice services manager at Age Concern Westminster, has raised his concerns at Council plans to streamline advice services by awarding just one contract involving a cut in advice service expenditure by over £90,000 a year.
Mr Ahmed, who represented Church Street Ward from 2008-2010, told the ‘West End Extra’
“Our concern, and I’m sure it will be a concern for other organisations such as the BME [black and minority ethnic] community, is if they’re not part of the consortium how will the consortium service the target group, which for us is older people?
“If we do not get the money, our front-line services will be closed to older people. At the moment, because we’ve been around for over 60 years’ we are the older people’s hub for information and advice. If we are not part of the consortium we will unfortunately have to turn away the older people.”
Mr Ahmed said he is worried vulnerable minority groups may lose out if advice services are provided by a single group.”
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