Maintain ongoing access to 'Isledon Road Resource Centre' for long-term constituents.
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Isledon Road Resource Centre is a vital place that supports ongoing well-being for its many users. The current proposal is that the centre's 150 consituents are to be denied access to the service after one year, having been deemed to have 'recovered'. This is of course very anxiety provoking, not to say insulting, to the members, some of whom have been relying on the service for up to 20 years.
Local MP Jeremy Corbyn noted in April 2016 that "It is true that many of the users of Isledon Road have been there for many years. They have received advice, counselling and above all friendship, confidence and security. It is concerning that they are now to be told that they must develop independence and life skills, moving on after a year, whether or not it is appropriate for their well being and recovery."
One user of the center explained that "The day centre at Isledon Road, Islington is a vital resource for me and my fellow service users, all of us affected by mental health issues. It is a place where we can drop in up to six days a week and have a cheap hot meal, chat with other members or get some support from staff for whatever is troubling us. Islington Council has decided that it doesn't want to fund us any more and that, once the service is recommissioned, after one year all of us long term users will be deemed to have recovered and will no longer be allowed to use the centre. Only new users will have access. This is incredibly upsetting and worrying, and we fear that without support we will languish alone in our homes suffering from our mental health problems and that ultimately many of us will be re-admitted to hospital with relapses".
Given the recent Government announcement of a financial injection of two billion pounds into social care over the next three years, the ongoing cuts of essential services clearly demonstrates that the new investment in no way remedies the devastating *4.6 billion pounds in cuts to adult social care made over the past six years.
We are calling on Islington Council, (specifically Council Leader Richard Watts and the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group) Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer to reconsider this short-sighted and harmful decision that denies long-term support to those who use the Isledon Center.
*A spokeswoman for trade union Unison, which has members in the social care industry, said: “The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has estimated that £4.6bn has been cut from social care budgets between 2010 and 2015. (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/12/social-care-crisis-funding-cuts-government-council-tax
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