MPs join fight to save centres

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TWO MPs are ready to fight for the needs of disabled people who use at-risk day care centres.

Spalding’s Chappell Centre and day care centres in Bourne and Kirton are among adult social care units facing the county council axe.

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles, who last week received an 850-strong petition from Bourne protestors, will raise the cuts with Lincolnshire County Council chief executive Tony McArdle in a few days’ time.

And South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes will meet Spalding’s Chappell Centre users to help them make a case.

Mr Boles said it is government policy that disabled people should have personal budgets to buy whatever combination of care and services are right for them.

But he stressed: “It is just not good enough for Lincolnshire to say ‘we are going to give you a budget and then we are going to close all these day centres that you currently use’.”

Mr Boles said he wants the county council to make sure there is a range of appropriate services for disabled adults to buy into.

Maurice Chappell (83) – the son of the man who gave his name to the Chappell Centre – has already revealed he will try to enlist Mr Hayes’ support to keep the day centre open.

Mr Hayes told the Free Press: “I would be delighted to meet Maurice and his friends.

“I am extremely sympathetic to the needs of people who go to the Chappell Centre. I think it provides an important role in the local community.”

Kirton Parish Council will also be looking at the proposals for the closure of Kirton Community Base in Hardwick Estate.

Chairman Coun Alan Lee said the centres are vital because they help disabled people and their carers, who are given a rest from their duty of care.