Questions due on day centres

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QUESTIONS will be asked at the Full Council on Friday, 15 July about the future of day centres in Wigtownshire after the local authority proposed to concentrate funds on “high level care”.

The Riverside Day Centre in Newton Stewart and the Coronation Day Centre in Stranraer both provide food and activities for the vulnerable and the elderly in the region.

Stranraer councillor Willie Scobie will ask at today’s meeting in Dumfries for a £2 million underspend in the social work budget to be channelled into supporting day centres until 2013.

He said: “There is £2m of underspend being put into social work reserves but what I am asking is that the council recognise and the value of the services provided by the day centres like the Riverside and Coronation Day Centres.

“It is a well known fact that by the day centres providing for low level dependency that keeps people from being admitted to hospital and other institutions where it would prove far more expensive for the council and health board if this was to happen.”

But a Tory councillor has said there is no thoughts to close any day centres even though only two per cent of the area’s elderly population use them.

Conservative Mid Galloway Councillor Graham Nicol said: ”This is a transitional year as funding from the health board will cease at the end of this financial year. The council officers are doing a tremendous amount of work to make the transition as seamless as possible. There is no desire to close any day centres because of the work they do.”