Decision delay on where disabled adults will spend their days a good thing, say parents

PARENTS of disabled adults using care centres in Evesham and Pershore say a delay to the decision on where the services will take place is a good thing.

The group, who have been challenging proposals by Worcestershire County Council to move day care centres in Evesham and Pershore, were expecting to find out where their children would be located on Wednesday, February 12.

But the decision on the Future Lives consultation, which looks at buildings only and was due to be made by councillor Sheila Blagg, cabinet member for adult social care, was postponed until March 6 to allow further considerations to be taken into account.

Tony Horner, of Lower Moor, near Pershore, whose son Michael, aged 44, attends the Evesham centre, said: "Part of me says I am quite pleased because I want them to get the decision right. I don't want them to jump in without them making the correct decision.

"Once they have made the decision they can't take it back. They can put the decision back as much as they want."

Judy Hall, whose son Matthew, aged 41, uses the care centre in Pershore, said she hoped the delay would give her the chance to get a response to unanswered questions.

"I think it is good because one of the things that's concern me is the consultation has been very vague. That there is no information. But maybe now they will get together the facts and figures.

"We have asked questions and they have not really been answered. With our children, who are severely disabled you cannot have a consultation just about buildings.

"You need to know what is going in the homes as well."

As part of the Future Lives consultation a proposal was put forward that would see the care centre in Evesham, currently located in Davies Road, moved to a building currently used as a garage by the library in Oat Street.

In Pershore the centre would transfer from Station Road to Three Springs Road, and some of the more severely disabled adults in the Vale would also be cared for there.

Cllr Blagg said: "We have listened to all of the many responses received during the consultation and one of the major concerns raised was the fast pace of change so we are asking cabinet to agree to extend this period.

"When we went to consultation, we didn't know that we would be collecting a surplus of £2million worth of council tax payments from district councils and we are asking cabinet if this money can be used to ease the transition for these prevention, early help and other support services.

"We would use this extended period to hold further discussions with partners and providers about what funding they might be able to contribute and how we can get the most out of the investment in the longer term.

"We also felt it was important for cabinet to make the final decision in public."

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