Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are criticising the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats for “rushing to judgement” by authorising a consultation on the closure of day care services at Turnberries in Thornbury before the needs of all service users have been fully analysed.
The council’s Children, Adults & Health Committee was asked today to approve a consultation on decommissioning day care services from the Turnberries site in Thornbury and provide building-based day service provision from a single site located in Kingswood instead.
As part of the process, 102 day care users have been subject to service user annual reviews, but councillors were told today that fewer than half have been completed. Despite this lack of full analysis, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors voted down a Labour proposal to wait until all the reviews have been completed before taking a decision on how to proceed.
Labour councillor Gareth Manson proposed the unsuccessful bid to wait until later in the summer, by when all the reviews are due to have been completed. He comments:
“The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are rushing to judgement on this by authorising a decision to open public consultation on the decommissioning of day care services in Thornbury before all of the service user annual reviews have been completed. Service users and their families will rightly question what value the council places on their annual reviews with this decision. I believe it is both discourteous and bad policy to proceed in this fashion.
I proposed that the committee should wait until each individual’s annual review has been completed before it opens this consultation, but the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats still pressed ahead with the consultation now. They are focussed on squeezing financial savings out of the service, but they should be treating service users with greater respect than this.”