The Seoul Social Service Center has tried to unilaterally abolish the care for the disabled, which has only two locations nationwide, and residents and workers who used the care are protesting. As the decision was made amid growing social demands for public care for the disabled, controversy is expected.
In an official letter sent to the relevant labor unions on the 29th, the Seoul Social Service Center decided not to apply for the Nowon Center’s activity support project for the disabled in accordance with the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s recommendation to refrain from open calls for entrusted projects, and announced that it would be integrated into the Seongdong Center.
The Seoul Social Service Center is the only one in the country to support the activities of the disabled operated by the Social Service Center. Among the 25 districts of Seoul, only two of them, Seongdong-gu and Nowon-gu, have provided care for the disabled. The Seoul Social Service Center is in its position to consolidate and close the Nowon Comprehensive Home Center’s activity support project for the disabled into the Seongdong Center.
Until last February, when Corona 19 continued, the Seoul Social Service Center had been discussing changing the working system for a user-centered care service for the disabled, emphasizing the public nature of caring through caring24. At the end of this month, the Seoul Social Service Center decided to abolish the Nowon-gu Center’s activity support project for the disabled.
The lack of a public care system that has shifted the responsibility of caring for people with disabilities entirely to their families has led to frequent incidents such as family killings. The Seoul Social Service Institute’s decision to abolish even the existing public care services in a situation where even the national responsibility system for caring for the disabled is required seems difficult to avoid criticism.
The Seoul Social Service Center branch of the Public Transportation Union said, “The Seoul Social Service Center is an irresponsible act that ignores and ignores the publicity of care that the Seoul Social Service Center has talked about. “The public nature of caring for the disabled through the Seoul Social Service Center is at risk of being cut in half.”
Until such a decision was made, it did not even go through consultations with residents who are users and workers who have been caring for the disabled. The union said, “Not only the disabled users who use the service, but also the care workers (about the abolition of the care for the disabled) did not know.”
On the afternoon of the 30th, the Nowon Joint Action, where residents of Nowon had gathered, held an emergency press conference to oppose the unilateral suspension of the Seoul Social Service Center’s care business and urge the Nowon-gu Office to take countermeasures.
The joint action criticized that “caring is a right, not a business,” and criticized that “the unilateral suspension of care by the Seoul Social Service Center, which ignores the public and ignores the public, is an atrocity against Nowon residents.”
Toward Nowon-gu, “Nowon-gu Office must persuade the Seoul Social Service Institute, who insists on closing the business, and fulfill its role.” , Nowon-gu Office will be held accountable until the end,” he warned.