New Year consultation on adult social services

Consultation over Merton Council’s plan to change the way it provides day opportunities for disabled people will start in January, after approval for the process was given at this week’s cabinet meeting.

Three proposals will be put to service users, carers and residents, and everyone will be invited to have their say.

All options are aimed at ensuring people have access to modern services that meet their needs and offer value for money.

An extensive review of adult social care has led the council to recommend merging the services offered at All Saints and Eastway day centres into one. A Centre for Independent Living – a service run by disabled people to provide advice and support and promote independent living – will also be established under this option. People assessed as needing day care will continue to receive it.

Director of the Community and Housing department, Simon Williams, said: “The council is committed to helping people maintain their independence and providing support for carers. We want to improve people’s quality of life with services that meet their needs.”

Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Services, Councillor Margaret Brierly said: “We will be listening to people’s views and taking them into consideration before making a final decision. The consultation period will start early in the New Year and we will let residents know exactly where and how they can express their views.”

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Notes to editors:
· The full Cabinet report can be found on the Council’s website: http://www.merton.gov.uk

· The Disability Discrimination Act requires the council to actively look at ways of ensuring that all disabled people are treated equally. The law requires the council to be proactive in ensuring that disable people are treated fairly. It is considered that the preferred option meets those needs.