SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR GIRTRELL COURT

Show your support this Christmas for the residents and staff of Girtrell Court by.

1. Signing the online petition https://t.co/k7BY1enacM

2. Inviting your friends to like the SAVE GIRTRELL COURT FACEBOOK PAGE. http://www.facebook.com/savegirtrellcourt

3. Sharing this post via Twitter and Facebook

The Council want to close Girtrell Court, a very much needed dedicated facility that provides services to clients who have complex learning and or physical disabilities. Presently there are six residents and a further 14 beds that provide respite care to over 120 families, with two of those beds kept for emergency admissions.

As Local Councillors we are opposed to the loss of this dedicated facility and we need your help to make this Labour controlled Council change its mind.

Please sign the online petition which can be found at: https://t.co/k7BY1enacM Like this page, invite your friends to like this page and sign the petition and write to the Leader of the Council, phildavies@wirral.gov.uk asking him to withdraw this proposal from his budget plans.

Together we can keep Girtrell Court open. Thank you, Councillors Chris Blakeley, Bruce Berry, Steve Williams

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Town Hall Admits Cost Of Girtrell Court Replacement Is Unknown

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Questions by Councillor Chris Blakeley have revealed that the Town Hall has no idea what the cost of the replacement service will be for people currently served by Girtrell Court in Saughall Massie.

Under the proposals being put forward by the Council’s Cabinet, the closure of Wirral Council’s only respite care centre for people with complex mental and physical disabilities would see all 140 families transferred to the private sector.

The Town Hall has said closure would save £155,000 a year from the Council’s budget. However, following a request from Conservative Councillor Chris Blakeley for a copy of the ‘cost benefit analysis’, these figures are now being questioned.

Cllr. Blakeley said: “To arrive at the £155,000 figure, you’d think the Town Hall would have included the cost of any replacement provision in the private sector and the benefit to the users and the taxpayers of Wirral. Yet, from my requests to the Department of Adult Social Services this week, it appears no such analysis has taken place. Cabinet will, therefore, be consulting on a flawed and inaccurate proposal that could turn out to cost the taxpayer more, while causing distress to some of the most vulnerable people in Wirral.”

Conservatives are now calling for the proposed closure to be dropped from the current budget proposals and a ‘Save Girtrell Court’ Facebook page has also been established, http://www.facebook.com/savegirtrellcourt

Unison Branch Secretary, Paddy Cleary also slammed the proposed closure: “You really don’t expect this sort of thing from a Labour Council.”

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