My local Wirral Borough Council has included a saving of £155k in this year's proposed budget by closing its only Respite Centre for Adults with Learning and other severe disabilities.
The loss of this vital service will devastate over 130 carers who, like my wife and I, care for our disabled loved ones 24/7.
When our David who has Downs Syndrome uses Girtrell Court, he joins a well known community of caring staff and other service users who have become his friends. We know that he is in very safe and capable hands and we can enjoy a few nights of a near normal life which has been denied to us for the last 32 years - is this really too much for us to ask for ?
Our council promises a vague replacement service in local private sector nursing homes. Carer research of these has proven them to be unsuitable and those carers who have used them have found them to be unreliable.
Our demand is simply - retain the excellent Girtrell Court and its professional, caring staff until the council has researched carer and cared for needs, analysed, researched, costed and fully consulted on the suitability of any replacement offering - SOLUTION BEFORE DISSOLUTION.
As full time carers, all families involved save the state and the council literally millions of pounds by looking after our loved ones.
Wirral Residents and Voters - Please support us in this fight for social justice so that we can convince Wirral Borough Council to rethink. We do not need the additional stress of this ill considered austerity measure.