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SALFORD COUNCIL SCRAPS HUMPHREY BOOTH DAY CARE CENTRE
 

Star date: 27th March 2013

ORDSALL'S HUMPHREY BOOTH DAY CARE CENTRE NOW `SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENTS'

"If we withdraw these services we haven't kept the promise that we've made" Councillor Jim King

Despite the huge community campaign last year to save Ordsall's Humphrey Booth Day Care Centre, Salford Council has now declared it "surplus to requirements".

The decision was taken in secret, with comments sought only from Council related organisations. The results of last year's consultation on the future of day care services have never, apparently, been made public.

Full details here…


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Salford Council has now officially declared Ordsall's Humphrey Booth Day Care Centre "surplus to requirements", following a decision last week by Salford's Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Lancaster, to request "The Trustees of Booth's Charities' to accept a surrender of its [Council's] leasehold interest in Humphrey Booth Ordsall Day Care Centre".

Last year saw a huge community campaign against potential closures of Salford's day care centres, of which one of the options was to shut Craig Hall in Irlam and Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, with the loss of 40 jobs and 200 service users `removed by reassessment'.

Following a public meeting of over 150 people, the Council was prompted to do a U-turn and postpone the closures (see here). However, last September the Salford Star reported from a social care scrutiny committee meeting that the closure of Humphrey Booth in Ordsall was still very much on the agenda (see here)

At that meeting, Councillor Jim King told the committee that the day service at the Humphrey Booth Centre in his ward, Broughton, was closed down and moved to Ordsall with an assurance that the provision would be maintained… "If we withdraw these services we haven't kept the promise that we've made."

At the meeting, despite the Council promising that it would "fully consider the views that came back from the 700+ people who participated in the consultation process" the results of the consultation were never mentioned. And haven't been mentioned since.

Now Salford Council seems to have merely consulted its own related staff and organisations. The decision notice to deem Humphrey Booth centre "surplus to requirements" states that "request for comments" were only sent to `Directorates, Ward Councillors, the Neighbourhood Manager, Area Co-ordinator and other public sector organisations, and the One Council Team'. Unsurprisingly, only `several responses were received', with most having `no adverse comments'.

Day care centres are one of the few places old and ill people can go to keep warm, get a hot meal and break the cycle of loneliness and depression. Salford Council's own presentation on its Adult Social Care service states quite boldly that "Being lonely is bad for your health…"

At last year's public meeting against day care centre closures, George Tapp, from Salford Pensioners Association, slated Salford Council for the cuts…

"Salford Council was the first council to open day care centres, it was proud of its achievement and now it wants to withdraw funding" he said "This Council is now killing Salford people…it's literally murder."

Sally Brown wrote
at 17:38:20 on 09 June 2013
So will Jim King resign then? simple question.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 19:50:31 on 01 April 2013
I appeal to Salford Councillors and Mayor Stewart to not remove these respected community care facilities. Local people are most worried about the future. Safe communities with good services are part of Council's job to represent local need.
 
not happy wrote
at 08:50:00 on 28 March 2013
Mr. Mayor what are you doing again spending 30’000 on a bridge that go’s no where. All the pictures I have seen of that area no body uses it. So why spend all this money when there’s nothing there and spending money on all these pontoons for water taxis. Or is part of what Salford council calls it’s stunning public realm with the £13million Greengate Square folly and the 4000 jobs it will create and inviting all these investors to spend there money in Salford. So if all these investors are coming to Salford why not get them to invest in those who need it like Humphery Booths in Ordsal and the old and needy that you said you would look after and all the other things you said you would do like keeping the drop ins open and look after people with mental heath problems it seems to me Mr. Mayor that you are trying to impress the wrong people you should be looking after the people of Salford who voted you in ;; Not all these Tory yuppies you seem to favor;; or have you not noticed lately just how much the people of Salford don’t like you, no mater how much your spin Doctors have said about you because there BULLSHIT is not working;;
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 08:48:04 on 28 March 2013
can some one from the greater Manchester police drug squad go down to swinetown and test them all before it's to late, because it's quite clear their all on something
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 14:45:34 on 27 March 2013
So let me get this right, they are spending £30000 on the feasabilty of a bridge from a road to a big, empty field and at the same time closing day centres for the elderly? When will these spineless pillocks vist the planet earth?
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 14:45:01 on 27 March 2013
just waiting for the labour apologist Michael FALSE to come on and defend these labour shisters, but of course it's the condems fault isn't it Michael. £30,000 bridge, £300,000 for pea's, millions for the reds, really valuable community products aren't they michael .
 
wrote
at 11:26:57 on 27 March 2013
Why does salford council seem determined to get rid off all the places that are vital in our society, some of these people that go to these centres might not see anyone all week these centres are a lifeline, a chance to meet people and talk about things that may be bothering them.
 
eddie ashston wrote
at 11:26:51 on 27 March 2013
Disgusted to hear of the closure. When will Salford people learn the local Labour party treat you with contempt, they could give each other 100% pay rise and still get voted in. There are good Labour people about you should make the present lot pay in the ballot box and make them realise They Work For You.
 
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