Wirral Respite Closures
In January 2011 Wirral Borough Council informed all users of
respite services that it will close five council-run respite homes,
by the end of March 2011.
The homes provide respite for older people, people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and crisis situations. They give carers an essential break.
At the end of 2010 Wirral Borough Council asked over 311,000 residents about their plans for Wirral’s future.
Less than 1% agreed with the recommendation that ‘the council should stop directly providing respite and residential care services and instead buy them in at the same quality but a lower cost from the private and voluntary sector and others’.
This is no mandate for action that could have a real and lasting effect on the most vulnerable members of our community, and their families.
The council are also introducing personal assessments and budgets for these vulnerable people and have stated that as a consequence “the future of traditional Day Care Centres is extremely uncertain”.
“A society is judged by its treatment of its weakest and most vulnerable members” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Started by: Brian Donaldson
This ePetition ran from 07/02/2011 to 28/02/2011 and has now finished.
The Council at its meeting on 1 March, 2011 considered this ePetition together with a linked paper petition and passed the following resolution:
“(1) Council recognises the deeply felt concerns of
service users and their carers as the Council re-provides respite
care from the independent sector. Council further recognises the
good work being done by officers in contacting service users and
carers and in supporting them making alternate arrangements; and
instructs officers to continue these efforts to ensure a
satisfactory outcome is achieved for all current users and their
(2) Council shares the aspirations of the petitioners that care of the most vulnerable in our borough be one of the Council’s highest priorities. Council further notes that the Cabinet’s Budget recommendation makes no cuts in the overall level of support to those most vulnerable members of our community and their carers.”
(Link to Council minutes 1 March)