Two children's respite homes in Truro and Redruth recommended for closure
CORNWALL Council officers will recommend the closure of two children’s respite homes at a meeting on Thursday.
A report is set to be presented to the council’s cabinet that will recommend the closure of both St Christopher’s in Redruth and Lowenna Redwing in Truro as part of a cost saving exercise.
The centres offer short respite breaks for children with disabilities.
Should the proposal be given the go ahead then the homes will be shut by June 1, affecting 37 children 26 staff.
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The council report, to be presented at a Children and Young People Portfolio Advisory Committee on Thursday, states that a service could be re-provided for the disabled children and young people who use the service “in other settings or with flexible support packages.”
The report will be heard at the meeting on Thursday ahead of the cabinet meeting on January 29.
But before they can access that support, the children will need to under go re-assessment tests to evaluate their needs.
The report continues: “For the families and staff affected, this proposal has a significant impact, however, to delay or defer the decision may mean further anxiety for families and an inability to meet savings targets.”
Cornwall Council’s budget for residential short break provision is set at £2.7 million per year. In order to meet financial targets, at least 20 per cent savings will need to be made from this budget alone.
Another proposal has discussed the option of making direct payments to parents to fund private care workers.
Cornwall Council had previously said there were no proposals to close all residential short break centres in Cornwall.