Day centre tender delay concerns

Concerns at the Riverside Day Centre in Newton Stewart over a delay in receiving tender papers from Dumfries and Galloway Council to secure future funding are unfounded say the council.

Chairman of the board at the day centre, Bill Stuart said: “The council were supposed to have sent out the tender papers to the day centres so they could prepare their tenders and submit them by the 31st but there is a problem and the council cannot tell when the papers will be sent out.”

A council spokesperson said: “The process for the allocation of funding to the 10 voluntary day centres across the region is still under consideration.

“It had originally been the intention to issue tender documents around mid-October. There was never any intention for these to be returned by the end of October – a normal length of time for return would be around seven weeks. We are committed to keeping the day centres informed and as soon as there is confirmation of the process and levels of funding from April 2014 we will be communicating this to them.

“We will ensure any delay in the process does not impact negatively on day centres.”