Information obtained by campaigners fighting to save Wirral’s last remaining respite care centre has revealed that the Town Hall is paying a private consultant £14,000 to ‘persuade’ families at Girtrell Court to ditch use of Girtrell Court.
The ‘cash strapped’ Council has allocated £14,000 to pay a company, Penderells, to provide one-to-one ‘guidance’ to up to 60 families to encourage them to switch to ‘direct payments’ instead. This would mean the families would then be given cash to ‘buy’ respite services from virtually anywhere they chose, but it is not something that is favoured by the users of Girtrell Court.
Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “The more we learn about the Town Hall’s tactics, the less we like what we see. To pay a private company £14,000 while telling families of some of the most vulnerable that ‘there is no money left’ is, frankly, an insult to their intelligence.”
“Direct payments are, for many people, an ideal option but to to foist such a scheme on families that are already under unbearable stress and pressure, stinks.”