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Don’t blame us for day centre closure, says Powys

Created on 02/10/2020 @ 08:40
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Powys County Council and Welshpool Town Council are locking horns over who is to blame for the closure of the popular Ann Holloway Day Care Centre, which we reported on Tuesday.

The regional authority said the decision was down to the Town Council following accusations that Powys had withdrawn funding.

“This is not true,” said Dylan Owen, Head of Commissioning (Children and Adults) with Powys County Council.

“We had a written agreement to pay for 15 places at the day centre. The county council continued this throughout the pandemic to help the town council provide alternative provision and we had no plans to change this,” said Mr Owen.

During the pandemic, the staff from the day centre have been providing services to service users at home (and others in the community) - such as the provision of meals.

“Social workers from the county council will be making contact with the centre’s service users to discuss how the council can support them in the future. Our priority right now is to ensure that those service users continue to receive the care and support that they need.”

He added: “Welshpool Town Council did not consult with Powys County Council on the town council's decision to close.

“However, we’d like to thank the town council and their staff for their service to the people of Welshpool and surrounding areas over recent years. Their work has been a fitting tribute to the memory of the late county councillor Ann Holloway.”

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr. Myfanwy Alexander added: “Powys County Council was not responsible for the decision to close the Ann Holloway Day Care Centre but we have an absolute commitment to provide services to older people in Welshpool and we will be fulfilling this by working with a range of partners to achieve this.”

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