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Lifeline thrown to Newtown's day care centre

 
Created on 13/12/2016 @ 11:46
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Potential plans to close Newtown’s Park Street Day Centre have been given a possible reprieve.

It has emerged that Powys County Council’s Cabinet is to be asked to provide extra money next year to day care for the elderly to continue in the county, including postponing any day care centre closures, in order for “careful consideration.”

The Park Street Day Centre was included in plans to save thousands of pounds by the county council and caused a campaign to save it.

County Council portfolio holder for adult services, Stephen Hayes, is to recommend to next week’s Cabinet meeting that money is put advise to keep all day centres open until a full review has been undertaken.

County Councillor Joy Jones, who has led a campaign to save the Park Street Day Centre, said: “I feel absolutely thrilled at today’s news that the portfolio holder for adult services will be recommending to Cabinet that extra money is made available in 2017/18 to allow day centre activity to continue in existing localities.

“This has been such a worry and concern to many people and I am so pleased that the portfolio holder has listened and has looked at a way to keep the day centre open while they look at new ways to provide more efficient daytime service, that service uses will be happy with.

“Today’s news will all depend on the cabinet’s decision on Thursday when the proposals are put to them but it is very positive step forward. So fingers crossed that it is accepted by the cabinet on the 20th December.”

The meeting will be webcast live from County Hall from 9.30am.

Services users, families and carers voiced their opinion and wrote to the council about their concerns over the proposed options listed in the consultation.

Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Stephen Hayes said; “It’s clear from the consultation, that day centres are highly valued and play a particularly important role in terms of respite for carers.  We also need to demonstrate that a new service really will meet needs before day centre closures begin.

“I will therefore be recommending to Cabinet that extra money is made available in 2017/18 to allow day centre activity to continue in existing localities while an early intervention service is trialled and evaluated.

“We have already begun work to confirm that home support works and is cost effective.  We are working with PAVO with a view to expanding their befriending service throughout the county, together with a community health and wellbeing coordinator model which would see well-being co-ordinators in all our main towns.

“While this work is carried out we will continue to talk to town and community councils who have shown an interest in partnership arrangements for funding or management of day services”,  he added.

“Clearly the course of action I’m recommending requires council to commit sufficient money in the budget and this will involve a significant increase in council tax.  If councillors are not willing to do this the day centres will close.

The webcast can be viewed from 9.30am on Tuesday 20 December by going to the council's webcast portal at www.powys.gov.uk on an internet device with Flash or Silverlight software installed. The webcast will also be made available in the webcast archive afterwards.

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