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

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.”

ENDS

We’re backing the campaign to save Seacombe Ferry Terminal

Local Conservatives fight for local residents and local services

Wallasey & Moreton

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Plans to close one of Wirral’s two remaining ferry terminals have been slammed by local Conservatives.

The plans, being put forward by Mersey Ferries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the public transport authority would see either Woodside or Seacombe Ferry terminal closed and commuter travel cut back.

The ferries are Merseyside’s most popular paid-for attraction and are renowned across the world as being an icon of Liverpool and the River Mersey.

New Brighton campaigner Tony Pritchard is calling for a rethink on the closure plan:

We all remember what happened to New Brighton when we lost our ferry terminal.

Tourism declined and the town suffered. Now, just as New Brighton is on the up, we have this possible kick in the face by Merseytravel.

When there’s a transport scheme in Southport or St Helens, the Transport Authority is quick enough to dip into the pockets of Wirral residents, via the…

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Wirral to receive extra £1.2 million to tackle homelessness

Wallasey & Moreton

It has been announced today that Wirral is to receive £1.26 million from the Conservative Government, as part of a national programme for hostel bed spaces and facilities for the provision of healthcare, training or education to improve physical and mental health outcomes for rough sleepers through Homelessness Change.

Well done to everyone at Magenta Living and Wirral Ark involved in putting together the bid for cash.

Last week, Conservatives announced a new package of measures to help tackle homelessness, including increasing central government funding for homelessness programmes to £139 million – see here

Minister for Public Health Jane Ellison said:

We want to help homeless people get back on their feet, into safe accommodation and get the skills, and importantly, healthcare they need to get on in life. We also want to help prevent homelessness in younger people who are at risk.

I congratulate all the projects that were successful in…

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Row reignites over Wirral Council’s £45,000 a year policy executive (From Wirral Globe)

The money saved by deleting thus pits could be utilised to help keep Girtrell Court open.

Wallasey & Moreton

A ROW has reignited over Wirral Council employing a policy executive to help advise its leader at taxpayers’ expense.

Source: Row reignites over Wirral Council’s £45,000 a year policy executive (From Wirral Globe)

And our FoI request on the appointment is here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/executive_policy_officer?unfold=1#incoming-724045

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