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SALFORD DAY CARE CENTRES TO CLOSE
 

Star date: 21st December 2011

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD COUNCIL TO SHUT THREE DAY CARE CENTRES?
Ordsall, Irlam and Little Hulton in firing line…

"It's disgusting… for many people who attend these day centres this will be a life or death sentence" Salford Pensioners Association

Salford Council is to possibly axe three day care centres in the city– Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, Craig Hall in Irlam and Brierley House in Little Hulton.

Salford Council was actually discussing the sale of Brierley House at a meeting yesterday – before the service users or staff had even been informed of its possible closure…

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Salford Council Day Care Centre Closures
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`MERRY CHRISTMAS SALFORD'S VULNERABLE CITIZENS – WE'RE CLOSING YOUR DAY CARE CENTRES…'

Salford City Council is currently discussing the closure of three day care centres in the city - Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, Craig Hall in Irlam and Brierley House in Little Hulton.

The centres cater for some of Salford's most vulnerable people - the elderly, the ill and those with complex needs – and, as Salford City Council's website states, offer "a safe, warm and friendly place where you can meet other people, enjoy a good meal and take part in a range of social activities…"

The day care centres provide a vital service for many users and their carers, and one lady told us that she would have to give up work completely if the centre her mother uses was shut down.

Salford Council has already shut the Humphrey Booth day care centre in Lower Broughton and moved the forty people on its register to Ordsall. Now it appears that Humphrey Booth in Ordsall itself will be closed.

The Salford Star understands that consultations and presentations about the closures have already taken place with staff at Humphrey Booth in Ordsdall and Craig Hall in Irlam, although service users and their carers have not yet been consulted or told. Over forty specialist trained staff could lose their jobs as part of the cuts.

Yesterday Salford Council actually discussed the sale of Brierley House and Brierley Day Care Centre before service users were even informed of its possible closure – under a report entitled `Surplus Property'

The report was an official document attempting to keep the details of any sale secret, arguing that disclosure wouldn't be in the public interest…
 
"The proposals around the possible closure of Brierley Day Centre are still at the consultation stage and not for the general public at this time…"

Brierley House is one of only four day centres for the elderly in the city run by Salford Council and its closure, plus Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, would cut provision in half. The only two left would be Alexandra House in Peel Green and the Poppy Day Centre in Swinton.

Meanwhile, Salford Council states on its website that Craig Hall in Irlam "has achieved Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society, and offers therapies and learning experiences for individuals with learning difficulties and complex needs."

By 2014, over £10.5million will have been wiped from Adult Social Care spending – despite findings from Salford Council's own `budget consultation' which showed this was one of the departments that the community said "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now"…

 "It's disgusting that Salford Council is attacking the most vulnerable people in society" says George Tapp, Secretary of Salford Pensioners Association "And for many people who attend these day centres this will be a life or death sentence

"These centres not only deal with people who are vulnerable but are also another service for people who leave hospitals" he adds "Attacks by the Coalition Government you can expect, like those on pensions and heating, but attacks by a so-called socialist council shows there's little difference between them and the Tories any more. As a pensioners' association we will be opposing these cuts on every level."  

The possible closures come on top of the introduction of a £3.50 transport charge per day brought in last month for those who use the day care centres, as the cuts begin to bite Salford's most vulnerable people (see here).

Meanwhile, Salford Council has a £10million fund (see here) set aside over the next five years for spending on projects at MediaCityUK, almost across the road from the threatened Humphrey Booth day care centre in Ordsall.

Like the Salford Pensioners Association, many Salford people may well be asking where Salford Council's priorities lie... 

The Salford Star has been waiting for a reply from Salford Council to questions about the day care centre closures for over three weeks but it has declined to comment…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 1:02:27 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The big problem is finding a viable alternative to the 'Crazy Gang'. We could never trust the Tories and now the Lib Dems are, if anything, even worse. We need a genuine grass roots party. Given that the vast majority of people are either apathetic or simply do not trust politicians the chance of change seem at the very least improbable.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 9:49:38 PM on Monday, January 9, 2012
I agree with everything Fred Hampton has said. In the next few months we will be getting the leaflets from Labour saying all the cuts are down to the goverment,what they will forget to say is first why the country is in this mess, it did not happen over night, and second they WON'T say anything about the total waste that has been happening over a number of years here in Salford.Remember 2000 when they were 13 million in the red, they sold off all the family silver, because of bad housekeeping. They just carried on dipping into the reserves. They have taken out millions in loans, given millions out in loans. Millions on consultants while paying out for staff that should be able to do the job of these consultants. Having events that run at a loss, year after year. They do some of the daftest things, remember the adverts some years ago,not sure was it called "Swamp life in Salford" The list could go on and on. But the people of Salford carry on voting them in. very sad.
 
wrote
at 9:48:29 PM on Monday, January 9, 2012
It was POND life in Salford,not swamp.
 
Fred Hampton wrote
at 4:13:07 PM on Monday, January 9, 2012
At a national level there is little to distinguish the policies of labour from the tories. All of the cuts being made in Salford are down to the labour council. They cannot blame whoever is in government for our local cuts. They make the decisions and set the budgets. It appears they are making the most savage, inhumane cuts to the sections of the community who need them most. At the same time they spare no expense lavishing our council tax on Peel Holdings (Salford Rugby Stadium, Media City etc), the BBC (Media City, sponsoring the BBC Philarmonic etc, ), bringing in hordes of expensive consultants to do the jobs that senior council managers should be doing. The only way would be to vote them out - but that unfortunately, is not going to happen in te main due to the apathy of most of the electorate.
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 4:49:55 PM on Saturday, January 7, 2012
If the inept cretins up at the Madhouse had not wasted 400K buying the Langworthy Hotel , then demolishing it , to suit their deranged 're-generation'schemes , targeting the elderly and vulnerable could have been avoided . The Mayoral Alliance publicly stated they will protect essential services , and drastically reduce the obscenely excessive council tax extortion . The current Crazy Gang have failed this city's residents , and the sooner we kick them out , the better . We owe it to ourselves to consider this viable alternative .
 
em3 wrote
at 3:21:35 PM on Monday, December 26, 2011
I don't live next door to Alice (Searle) as in the song - but I find it hard to disagree with her. Thanks for your wisdom. Em
 
Ripped-off Taxpayer wrote
at 12:51:09 AM on Saturday, December 24, 2011
Excellent and commendable comments posted by Paul Gerrard . Can Salford Against Cuts, Salford Pensioners and UNISON tell us when and how you will challenge these disgraceful cuts ? Immediately cannot be soon enough . I am confident you have the full support of Salford people, who are in despair at the unforgivable betrayal of the Town Hall Traitors . LET US ALL FIGHT BACK . NOW ! Best wishes ,Full support, and in solidarity
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 11:44:35 AM on Friday, December 23, 2011
Another Salford Star Exclusive . Journalism at its finest ! Some very encouraging comments regarding the disgust felt by local people for the destruction of services by this dreadfully inept council of hated 'champagne socialists' . The very fact the Town Hall Traitors choose to cloak their dirty, grubby dealings in secrecy as ' not in the public interest' shows the contempt the Traitors have for Salford residents . There cannot be a more useless, spineless , inept , destructive , ignorant , arrogant , self - serving Council of Traitors than this lot . They are every bit as evil as the Tories . The question is this : HOW DO WE STOP THIS COUNCIL DESTROYING OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES ? Waiting for the local elections to kick them all into the gutter is just too long to wait ,and unless WE fight them , the destruction will continue .
 
MARY FERRER wrote
at 12:06:05 AM on Friday, December 23, 2011
Again the most vunerable members of the community are being hit. We all know the council have to make cuts, but you only have to look at the list of spends over £500 to see this is a case of very bad housekeeping. There are things on these lists that I for one haven't a bloody clue what they are for and we are talking thousands of pounds. But it is easy to target the young and older members of our community,than to cut back on consultants and handouts to Peel.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 4:01:05 PM on Thursday, December 22, 2011
New Labour politicians are good at bragging about their services - until it comes to defending them from the Tories. Manchester used to brag about the wonderful childcare provision in the city - then started closing down Sure Start centres. And what did Salford brag about? Adult social care. So now they are closing three day centres for the elderly and disabled. Salford against Cuts give notice - working with Salford Pensioners and UNISON, we will not let these cuts go unchallenged. Salford's councillors should stand up to the Tories - or stand aside for those who will.
 
Ripped-off Taxpayer wrote
at 10:23:19 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2011
This disgraceful council are 'labour' in name only , having long ago adopted the torybastard mantra . Merry's bleating about the state of Salford caused by the tory cuts just isn't good enough , as there is always enough money sloshing about to waste on projects with big business . This traitorous council will get a big shock come the next election . As Alice says , Time for a New Party . As for Al Capone , He did have SOME principles of decency , this comtempible council have none .
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 7:05:49 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2011
There really is one option & that is to remember the actions of this grubby little bunch come election time. Perhaps we need somebody with more of a social conscience than the current council. Somebody like Al Capone maybe.
 
Alice Searle Chair of the Salford Pensioners Assoc. wrote
at 3:00:01 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2011
It is very difficult to believe that any Labour Councillor would consider closing Day Care Centres, which are responsible for providing a safe and supportive environment for vulnerable citizens. Many elderly people, who use these Centres, remember the birth of the Welfare State which promised them a caring environment when they were old. This action is not that of the Labour Party which set up the Welfare State in 1946. As George Tapp said, this shows how far the Salford Council has moved from the original principles of the Labour party. Salford Star has given many examples of situations where money is being found by the Council for more 'glamorous' projects. Think again Salford Council before you make such a move. People are watching and noting and elections will record their observations. Time for a new party???
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 2:58:02 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2011
The utter contempt shown by the Clown Hall Cretins for the inmates of the Salford Asylum is appalling . Where politicians are involved , expect nothing but treachery , deceit , lies , corruption and self-interest . MPs , MEPs , councillors and the rest of the traitors all wallow in the same cesspit of corruption . Time the People got rid of the lot of them . WE NEED REVOLUTION .
 
Louise Williams wrote
at 5:59:29 AM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Its a sacrilege...... my elderly mother attends Humphrey Booth in Ordsall after the one in Lower Broughton closed. Where will she and countless others go now? And some bright spark wants to charge them £3.70per day for transport? Err, no Day Centres = no transport.......
 
wrote
at 5:59:24 AM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What else are they going to do to our older people? remember these are the generation who fought the wars and are fully paid up members of our society - just remember YOU will be old one day and may need day care - who will look after you when you ghave closed all the centres!!!!
 
Harry Finetime wrote
at 5:58:48 AM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I really do not know why the Swinetown Cretins do not just build an internment camp for the old , sick , needy and those they consider 'a drain on council funds'. Well , you grubby wasters at the Madhouse , this money belongs to Salford Taxpayers , and I, for one, demand these centres stay open . If the Swinetown Cretins want to throw money away on suspect deals with their business chums , they can fund them from their own deep pockets . ENOUGH .
 
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