Possible lifeline for day centres


Jonny Drury

IF COUNCILLORS are not prepared to increase council tax, day care centres will close.

That is the view of portfolio holder for adult services Cllr Stephen Hayes, ahead of a crunch cabinet meeting on the consultation into centres next week.

The cabinet will discuss the consultation on Tuesday, December 20, at 9.30am, and Cllr Hayes has aired his views ahead of proposals being put to the cabinet.

He 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.

“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.”

He also revealed the council is in discussions with town and community councils regarding the funding and management of certain centres.

He added: “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.”

The hope of prolonged funding for the service has been welcomed by campaigner, County Councillor Joy Jones.

She 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.

“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 services.

“Fingers crossed that it is accepted by the cabinet on December 20.”

The webcast can be viewed from 9.30am on Tuesday, December 20, 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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