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Brookdale Resource Centre set to be saved
Southport Labour candidate Liz Savage expressed her delight at news that Ainsdale's Brookdale Resource Centre is not earmarked for closure on recently published Sefton Council cabinet papers. The specialist facility is the only one of its kind in the area, which caters for elderly people with dementia. "I recently visited the centre with Sefton Council's cabinet member responsible for Older People and health Cllr Paul Cummins. We met and listened carefully to what the service users and staff were saying about the vital work the centre does in dementia care. Both Paul and I know from personal family experience how much day centres like this mean to dementia sufferers and their families and carers. The coalition government has massively cut the amount of money received by Sefton council so there is inevitably going to be cuts to some services which will lead to some job losses. However, I'm certain that the council is doing the right thing by prioritising essential services such as the Brookdale Resource Centre and increasing and improving other daycare services. The papers before the cabinet seek to increase places in Southport for day care provision from 495 to 600"
Paul Cummins commented "I want to ensure that despite the cuts that Southport's MP voted for, elderly people in the town still have excellent daycare provision. Sadly we have had to temporarily close one of our centres in Southport due to the poor standard of the building which has deteriorated over many years. However, should we be unable to re-open this centre we will ensure that it is replaced with more places within better facilities.
Paul also remarked "This decision shows that even when budgets are tight, Labour councillors will always prioritise essential services like adult social care."
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