NO care homes or day centres in Swansea have been earmarked for closure, council chiefs have again insisted.
Speculation about the future of some of these much-loved venues continues to be rife as the Labour administration looks to save £25 million next year - part of a proposed £45 million saving over the next three years.
The Post has received phone calls and letters from worried care home and day centre users and relatives claiming theirs is in the firing line.
The Labour administration has set out proposals to cut its social services expenditure by £4.18 million next year. And these proposals include investing in “independent living” with money saved from the closure of three council-run residential homes, and seeking an “alternative operating model” to older people’s day services.
A council spokesman was at pains to say that these remain proposals only at this stage of a public consultation which ends on January 22. At that point, council leaders will draw up more detailed proposals ahead of a full council meeting in February to hammer out next year’s budget.
A council spokesman added that work to identify day centres and care homes which might close would progress only if and when full council agreed to cut social services expenditure at the February meeting.
However, councillor Mark Child, cabinet member for wellbeing, is inviting councillors with care homes in their wards to a meeting on January 9 to discuss the savings proposals. The council spokesman said this meeting would give councillors a chance to give feedback and offer ideas.
The Post also asked the council to comment on a claim about the future of Norton Lodge Day Centre, Norton.
The spokesman said: “There are proposals to close some day care services in Swansea as we look to save £45 million over the next three years, but no decisions have been made and no particular centres have been identified for possible closure at this stage.
“We realise the day centre services currently provided are enjoyed by those who attend. We will also ensure that we continue to provide services for anyone eligible for social care support in future, whatever the outcome of this year’s budget.”