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Budget Option - Transformation of Day Services

Meeting: 13/06/2013 - Cabinet (Item 3)

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Councillor Phil Davies introduced a report by the Director of Adult Social Services that provided the Cabinet with consultation feedback and associated recommendations arising from the officer proposal to down size day services, to save resources by closing Moreton Day Centre and consolidating mental health provision into one centre, thereby closing two smaller satellite buildings at Prenton and Union Street.


The report outlined the rationale and decision-making process behind the option, background information regarding day services and a summary of a revised proposal.


A staffing structure to deliver day services through a neighbourhood approach was also set out in the report.  This was subject to a five-week staff consultation which had now closed.  The new staff structure would be implemented accordingly.


Following a comprehensive consultation process including people that use services, carers and staff, the report contained revised recommendations to respond to the challenge to deliver services more efficiently, but also incorporate the views and aspirations of the consultees.  The revised recommendations built upon the important work undertaken by a representative carers group working with the support of the Department to establish new proposals and meet the challenge.  Additionally, the revised recommendations proposed offering a reduced service in the Moreton area to ensure continued access to local community links.


On 18 February 2013 the Cabinet had committed to explore the possibility of an alternative delivery model, i.e.: a single social enterprise model across all day services to deliver the year two and three savings.  (Minute No. 200 refers)  The revised proposals were in line with this commitment and the recommendations supported it. 


Councillor Phil Davies informed that because of the Council’s financial situation, in the context of it being required to find savings of £109 million over the next three years, clearly it had some difficult decisions to take.  It had previously received a report which had included a proposal to close Morton Day Centre.  There had followed a three month consultation exercise which had just ended.  Councillor Phil Davies thanked all those who had taken part including centre users, carers, staff etc. all of whose voices had been heard.  The Cabinet was now in a position to move forward and agree resolutions.The proposal was now for the retention of a smaller service in Moreton.


Mr John Dalby, speaking on behalf of carers, outlined their proposals for Transforming Day Services whilst making the required savings, maintaining a service in Moreton and establishing a model structure and vision for a Social Enterprise.  Mr Dalby told the Cabinet that the carers wanted to be involved in the changes as much as possible.  He considered that the service could be transformed into a role model for day care provision across the country and that alternative income streams could be sought.  To achieve their vision they would need the help and support of the Council.  Mr Dalby felt that it was not too late to fix the location for Morton and find a more interactive way of engaging with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3