NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Campaigners Muster To Save Day Centre
traders and socialist councillors have combined forces to urge a
re-think on the planned closure of a Coventry old people’s care
petition with 480 signatures has been collected in the last week
following the announcement that Samuel Hayward Day Centre in Bell
Green would be shut to save money.
helped the protestors collect the signatures by allowing the
petition to be displayed in their stores in Riley Square.
Dave Nellist (Socialist, St Michael’s), said the council should
dip into its reserves to provide the relatively small amount of
money needed to keep the centre open.
officers said the closure was necessary to met saving
requirements. The centre was chosen because there were other
centres nearby, and facilities in the area are running below
Labour says its decision to close this day centre is in order to
save £10,000 this year and £42,000 a year after that.
last year the Council underspent its budget by £2.9 million.
should use some of that money to keep this popular day centre
open, especially as Age Concern has recently warned that
thousands of elderly people go from one week to the next without
speaking to another person, feeling trapped at home.
need more facilities for the elderly, not less."
member (Social Services) Cllr Kevin Maton, will consider the
petition next week, and will be also be called on today to defend
his decision by members of the city council’s scrutiny board.
to the Council’s own figures, Samuel Hayward is one of the
best used day centres, costing the least per attendance, of any
in the city.
few hundred yards down the road and the government and council
are planning to spend £50 million over the next ten years, yet
in Riley Square they’re closing a day centre to ‘save’ a
measly £10,000 this year, upsetting elderly users and their
this is supposed to be the era of ‘joined up