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.”