Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Protest wins reprieve for Day Centres

In the face of vigorous protests Salford council has announced that it will not close threatened Day Centres this year. We should all be pleased with this result, but aware that this is only a 12-month stay-of-execution. We need to clarify the council's review process and keep up the pressure to make sure that there is no cut to services for the most vulnerable people in Salford next year. The council issued the statement below at the end of last week.

The planned protest at Humphrey Booth in Ordsall has been cancelled, but the protest at Craig Hall in Irlam will go ahead as a celebration and demonstration that we will continue to push for better services in Salford, not cuts. We will also be holding a "Victory Party" at Swinton Royal British Legion, on Saturday 11th February from 1pm--3pm with live band; and protests on Monday 13th Feb., at the Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton for the Labour Group meeting and Wednesday 15th Feb. at the Civic Centre for the council annual budget meeting, when we plan to deliver the petition. Please return signed petitions to George Tapp (2 Troy Walk, Salford M53DF) by Saturday.

Statement from the Council

"Following consideration of the proposal and in discussion with the Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health, I have come to the conclusion that some further work must be done before we go any further.

"This work will take some months so we will not be proceeding with the changes in 2012/13. Any future reconfiguration of these services must be done in the light of the following:-

"1. Further work to make sure that the multi- use of all centres can be developed
"2. That we can be assured that the needs of vulnerable people in the city can be met by undertaking individual reviews of the 490 people who use our day services
"3. Demonstrate that we have more locally available alternatives for people to choose from as part of our personalisation changes
"4. Fully consider the views that came back from the 700+ people who participated in the consultation process

"In the light of the work that needs to be undertaken, I will now ask the Lead Member to review the timescale for the proposals, and make sure that all of the above is concluded before any further consideration is given to this matter.

"This will make sure that I stick with my pledge of protecting the most vulnerable in the City."

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