586 residents back Liberal Democrat proposals to keep day centres open

Cllr David Winskill and Lynne Featherstone handing in the petition and consultation responseHaringey Liberal Democrats have renewed their calls for the Labour Council to halt their plans to close older people’s day centres, drop-in centres and luncheon clubs in their formal response to the Council’s consultation.
Backed by 586 local people who signed a petition against Labour’s proposals, Cllr David Winskill and Lynne Featherstone MP today submitted their response which asks that the Council reconsiders Liberal Democrat proposals set out in February to keep services open.
Cllr David Winskill, Liberal Democrat Adult Social Services Spokesperson, comments:
“I really hope that the Labour Council reconsiders their plans to close day centres, drop-in centres and luncheon clubs. For many of our older and more vulnerable residents these are, literally, a life-line.
“As we set out in our response, closing these services makes no sense whatsoever – a modest saving for the Council will increase social exclusion of older people, reduce services to our most vulnerable and goes against Labour’s pledge to protect front-line services.
“Labour seem to have made no attempt in assessing the extra costs that will have to be found by the NHS and other agencies if these reckless cuts go ahead.”
Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone added;
“I cannot believe that a council can eliminate these services completely and at the same time reduce its IT spending by a miserable 5%. The effects on older people, carers and families will be devastating. Please, please Haringey – think again!”