Protestors pack Council meeting but Learning Disability centre closures are nodded through

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Service users, carers and supporters held a lively protest outside the Town Hall before the Council meeting on 27 June and they packed out the visitors galleries with some sitting in the Council chamber and others having to be accommodated in a separate room.

A number of people including a service user and family members asked questions of Councillor David Roche Cabinet member for adult social care.

Sadly the decision of the Cabinet to close 2 day centres and 2 respite centres was nodded through by councillors with only two members voting against approving the closures.  Labour councillor Richard Price and Liberal Democrat Dr Adam Carter were the only ones to side with service users and their families.  The latter was treated disrespectfully by Mayor Buckley and subjected to ridicule by the always disappointing Deputy Leader Councillor Gordon Watson.

Rotherham Council was not shown in a good light in what was a prime example of an attempt to stifle debate and supress democracy.

Campaigners have vowed to fight on and say that this is the start of their campaign not the end.

An online petition has been set up and can be found at https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/558/606/413/

Robin Symonds

The petition:

Now 1467 signatures and rising fast!

This post: 627 page views to date. Rik

Learning Disability Centre users are not able to make their own voices heard, we must lend them ours! please sign the petition.

Demand that Rotherham Council reverses the decision to decommission (close) its Learning Disability Centres

Rotherham Council has approved plans to close Addison Day Centre, Oaks Day Centre and Quarryhill and Treefields Respite Centres.

The Council says that the closures will help to integrate the 750+ service users into their local communities and allow them to do what “ordinary people” do. The Council says that each service user will have an individual assessment to determine their needs. In other words the Council has approved the closure of the centres BEFORE assessing what resources are required. This makes no sense and will leave some of our most vulnerable citizens without the services they need in order to lead enjoyable and meaningful lives.

The closures are unfair, ill thought out and are not wanted by the service users. The Council has failed to listen to service users and believe it knows what is best for them. The decision must be reversed.

Sign here: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/558/606/413/

Star report:

Angry questions over council decision to close day care centres for adults with learning disabilities

Protestors packed the public gallery at a Rotherham Council meeting where plans to close day care centres for those with learning disabilities were rubber-stamped – with the authority’s adult social care spokesman facing a barrage of questions about how the new system will operate.

Plans to replace much of the ‘building based’ day care service were approved by the council’s ruling cabinet and the decision of that meeting has now been confirmed by a meeting of the full council, clearing the path for a full review which is expected to see many of those who use day centres transferred to a system where they will have their own carers instead.

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/rotherham/angry-questions-over-council-decision-to-close-day-care-centres-for-adults-with-learning-disabilities-1-9224955

12 thoughts on “Protestors pack Council meeting but Learning Disability centre closures are nodded through

  1. I was told this was a cabinet decision long before the council meeting. It made no difference how people voted in the chamber. It could not be overturned.

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    • You are correct and I suggest R Simmons should watch the webcast to see who raised concerns.

      libdems always join in late.

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  2. What a disgrace you councillors are destroying people’s lives. Rotherham was one of the most respected authorities for Learning disabilities, what happened?? Hope you all can live with yourselves.
    After working for the service for 36years , in glad I have retired because I couldn’t bear to be part if an authority that was was ruining vulnerable people’s lives, you make me sick to my stomach. SHAME ON YOU ALL

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  3. Rotherham Council being disrespectful of vulnerable people – surely not!!
    Oh wait, ah yes, does anyone remember the child sex scandal??

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  4. Just when are the toothless tigers of Momentum going to grow a backbone, organise and deselect these failed Labour Cllrs?

    So far it looks very much like game, set and match to the controlling Labour group.

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  5. SO WHO IS THIS IGNORANT AND OFFENSIVE MAYOR.
    THE SAME BLOKE WHO WITH ATKIN HAS VOTED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OF ROTHERHAM TO BE PUT AT RISK WJTH CUTS IN FIRE SERVICE. IGNORING HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES FOR THE GRAVY TRAIN.
    HE FAILS TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC.
    HE IS RUDE TO PUBLIC AT COUNCIL MEETINGS.
    HE IS NOT NEUTRAL AND PANDERs TO HIS RIGHT WING CHUMS

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  6. Mayor Buckley who allows bullying and intimidation in the council chamber.

    Neglects public safety of rotherham people with fire pump debacle with atkins. Brilliant for a so called mayor.

    Then he presides over the most vulnerable getting shafted by his chums on council.

    But its ok cos he can get dolled up in all his mayoral finery, ermine, chains. And have his turn in the big car.
    All paid for by those suffering cuts to their services.

    What a terrible candidate. But then its decided by his cronys for services and favours rendered.

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  7. Lots of complaints as usual until it comes to the election, just the same with CSE, and the independent investigations showed lots of people knew what was happening. Then as now you will vote them all back in.

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  8. You really have to consider that the councillors and staff of RMBC are either downright evil or simply hate the people they are meant to serve. To take away care of some of the most vulnerable in society then disregard it with such ease it is utterly despicable.

    Shame on all those that draw a wage from RMBC. You are the worst of the worst.

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    • I’m one of the RMBC members of staff who works in learning Disabilities service. I draw a wage paid for by RMBC. I’m also one of the members of staff who will lose their job when these centres are decomissioned. I will also be thrown on the scrapheap, along with the vulnerable people I work tirelessly to protect. Do me a favour, at least have the intelligence to know where to aim your anger and pathetic words. How in God’s name can the people who work in this service, who support adults with learning disabilities and still do, who are trying to help people who are going to lose everything be evil? We’re the very opposite. Aim your anger at the people responsible (councillors), and not the people who are against it. You’re an idiot.

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  10. Do RMBC councilors ever watch video recordings of their performance….. and cringe….

    Nature does have a payback time they haven’t considered… Their own hour of need ( which in time comes to us all ) will very likely be taken care of by the systems and peoples they have themselves set-up.

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