Campaigners fighting to save the Council’s only respite care facility have revealed that the Authority has now banned families from making any bookings at Girtrell Court after March. At the same time, staff have been issued with redundancy notices, stating their jobs are ‘to be deleted’.
At two meetings of Constituency Committees (Wallasey and West Wirral), members of the Cabinet and the Director of Adult Social Services assured families that ‘no decision’ has been taken and that the closure plan is ‘out for consultation’ ahead of the Council’s budget meeting next month.
Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “This week, we have learned that these public assurances are meaningless. Families are now in a state of limbo as they cannot make bookings for respite care after March while staff have been told to leave. Yet, even at this late stage, the Town Hall has failed to find acceptable, alternative provision.”