The Manor isn’t closing, says PCC! So why are parents panicking?

City Council
Trying to understand the City Council is not easy when they themselves are not sure what they have been saying!

You may have read recently in the Peterborough Telegraph, that Nazreen Bibi, whose daughter Mirdyea Shahzadi (19) is severely autistic and needs 24-hour care, was concerned that local parents could struggle if The Manor, a respite home for children and young people with disabilities, closed.

 

Where did they get that idea from?

Well ….. it was the City Council, after they clearly stated in their budget report that a drop in the demand for residential and short breaks at The Manor and at Cherry Lodge, meant it was not “financially viable” to run both, as the authority expects a £186,000 pressure in 2018/19.

Get ready for the Tory U-Turn

As a result of their concerns several local residents started a petition, a hard copy and an on-line version on the Councils website.

I’ve heard that OVER 500 people have so far added their support to campaign that calls for the Tory run City Council to “Stop the close of The Manor, Respite home for children and young people with disabilities.”

Then this happened….

SamSmith
Tory Councillor Sam Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services sent out an email to members on 27th February

In the email, the cabinet member stated:

  • The Manor takes young people with less complex needs and is open for respite care for 4 nights per week.
  • In the last few years the requests for placements from health and other local authorities has decreased as they are purchasing other sorts of support such as outreach.
  • The average occupancy over the last six months at both homes is: the Manor 22.6% and  Cherry Lodge 60.2% (Wonder why they have chosen the last 6 months rathr than the last year or two?)
  • To clarify we are looking to cease The Manor overnight stays, but retain the building for outreach work, this will achieve the reduction in expenditure we need to offset the shortfall in income.
  • We are hoping to be able offer staff at risk of redundancy alternative employment.

If you’d LIKE to contact Cllr Smith then you can do so by emailing here at sam.smith@peterborough.gov.uk

And don’t forget to let me know what you think about this below! 🙂

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