Labour propose cuts to services for older people at Ormskirk's Wellbeing Centre

A working group of Labour councillors has recommended to cut all of the funding that the Borough Council provides to Age UK Lancashire for the Wellbeing Centre in Ormskirk. This centre promotes the holistic wellbeing of older people through a range of activities include computer sessions; keep fit; indoor bowling; dancing; chair exercise; arts and crafts and the popular lunch clubs. Over 1000 older people per month are assisted.

The council cabinet will make the decision and Adrian has now written to all cabinet members urging them not to make this damaging cut. In his letter to the cabinet Adrian said,"The funding requested is no more and no less than Age UK Lancashire have received for many years and it constitutes a significant part of the operating budget of the Centre. This can be seen from the financial figures provided with the application.

I have been in contact with the Chief Executive, Donna Studholme who has confirmed that there will be an effect on the services that they are able to offer at the Centre if this reduction proceeds. I do not want to see, and I am sure that you do not want to see, those more than 1000 older people lose some of these popular and long established services.

Funding can be found for this depending on the choices that are made, and I would ask you please to make a choice in favour of the Ormskirk Wellbeing Centre."

Cabinet will make their decision next Tuesday, 2nd February. You can contact Council Leader, Ian Moran and Older Peoples' Champion, Terry Aldridge to give your views.

Image courtesy of QLocal Ormskirk

UPDATE: Adrian says, "The cabinet decided on 3rd February to push ahead with this cut. Not what Labour voters expect of a Labour council. There is no need to balance the budget by hitting the vulnerable."

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