Lincolnshire Councty Council care centres could stay open

DAY centres, short break facilities and community supported living services, including ones in Louth, could remain open under new proposals announced by Lincolnshire County Council.

In light of the national move towards personal budgets, the authority is currently reviewing how its own services should be delivered in a way ‘which uses taxpayers’ money more efficiently and personalises services, whilst still providing access to support’.

Terry Hawkins, Interim Assistant Director for Adult Social Care Commissioning, said: “We have listened to what people have told us about what they trust, value and want. Consequently, rather than physically closing existing centres from which such support is provided, we’re recommending a model which sees centres and services stay open if well utilised, with existing staff or private firms supported to continue running them in the same buildings.”

For the 31 day centres across the county, the proposal is that whilst the county council no longer directly provide the services it will ‘work to keep buildings open and support existing staff or a private business who wish to take the centre on as a viable support service.’

The consultation report and its recommendations will now be discussed by the authority’s Adult Scrutiny Committee on February 28 before going to its Executive for a final decision on March 6.