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GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT FIGHT TO SAVE SALFORD DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME
 

Star date: 24th April 2017

SAVE THE GRANGE CAMPAIGN GETS SUPPORT FROM MAYOR HOPEFULS

Greater Manchester Mayor candidates who spoke to Save The Grange campaigners at a hustings event organised by the National Autistic Society have lent their support to the fight to keep open Salford's only residential home for disabled children.

Salford's Labour Council wants to shut The Grange but Lynda Barton, who spoke with the Labour Party Mayor hopeful Andy Burnham, told the Salford Star; "Andy said that to move children out of the borough is unacceptable...". Meanwhile, Salford City UNISON also continues to campaign to keep The Grange open.

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Sean Anstee with Save The Grange supporter Lynda
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'Andy said that to move children out of borough is unacceptable...'


The fight to Save The Grange, Salford's only residential home for disabled children, is now becoming an even more political issue, with both the Greater Manchester Mayor Election and the General Election looming.

Salford City Council wants to shut The Grange to save £300,000, despite finding £300,000 extra for street cleaning and over £2million to pay rent to the Legal and General Pension Fund for empty office space (see previous Salford Star articles click here and click here).

The families, friends and supporters of the two children staying at The Grange are fighting the Council to keep the home open, not just for their children but also for any families who will need to use the facilities in the future.* 

Last week, Lynda Barton, grandmother of Rachel, one of the girls living at The Grange, and Victoria Barton, Rachel's step mum, attended a Mayoral hustings organised by the National Autistic Society and the Manchester Autism Consortium Project...

"It was a great event and the people I spoke to supported our campaign" Lynda told the Salford Star "Although they were sympathetic with our situation and told us to carry on with the campaign they were unable to help us further.

"Andy Burham said that the new elected Mayor would not be able to reverse any decision that a local council had already made but would be able to explore alternative ways to make savings to the budget" she added "Andy also said that to move children out of borough is unacceptable. If the home is to close then alternative arrangements should be found within the same borough..."

If The Grange was to close, Salford Council couldn't keep the children in the borough as there is no other provision within Salford.

Meanwhile, Salford City UNISON, which represents workers at The Grange and across Salford Council, has still not had a response to its alternative proposals for keeping The Grange open, which it submitted around the time of the budget proposals and which Salford Mayor Paul Dennett promised to examine (see here)...

"We are of the view that The Grange should stay open" Salford UNISON rep Ameen Hadi explains "We can't really understand the logic of why the Labour Council would want to remove the only  home for disabled children in Salford.

"We don't accept the argument that there is no demand for those places" he adds "We have a number of children with disabilities who are placed in children's homes and there will continue to be a need. It isn't something that families wish to happen but is something that does happen.

"We fully support the Council maintaining its in-house residential sector for able bodied children who need to be accommodated, why do we not have the same provision for those who have disabilities?" he asks "Surely the same logic should prevail. So we will continue campaigning to maintain The Grange, and will offer every support to the parents and families to fight this battle."

Save The Grange supporters have been getting hundreds of people to sign petitions, including at the grounds of Salford Red Devils and Salford City FC, and are now about to step up campaigning during the two elections.

If Salford Labour Party is serious about its commitment to vulnerable people - and the children at The Grange are some of the city's most vulnerable citizens - then surely The Grange will be saved...


*See previous related Salford Star articles for full background...


Families Fight To Save Salford's Only Home For Disabled Children – click here

Salford Mayor Backs decision To Close The Grange - click here

Salford City Fans Sign Petition To Save The Grange - click here

Main photo shows Lynda Barton with Andy Burnham

Michael James Felse wrote
at 7:42:13 AM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
There is a massive problem across Greater Manchester, seen here how the crisis is real in Children and also Adult Social Care. It needs to be a top priority in whatever shape the new Metro Mayor appears. I know we all love to hate politics, but I thank all candidates for taking part. I truly hope we see real progress in meeting Social Care needs by whoever wins the crown.
 
part time socalist. wrote
at 1:24:24 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017
Nobody feel the rise of vomit in their throats when you see the look of horror on the Mayoral candidates and their quick offers of support, why are their no babies to kiss and balloons to hang out. They don't give a toss over the kids only the bloody pay packet.
 
down but not out wrote
at 9:55:06 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017
Care in the Community is about keeping people supported in their own Community. Most people who wanted to were brought back to Salford many years ago but I believe there is not enough appropriate support for some people who challenge services and therefore may be moved elsewhere. The Council needs to ensure that we have the right Service with the appropriate support in Salford for our people, it can be devastating for people and also for families to have to visit their loved ones miles away from their home town. Please put our money where it is most needed keep the Grange open and make it a centre of excellence for our vulnerable.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 7:05:31 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017
@ Mayor Paul Dennett. So is the Grange going to be just another photo opportunity for Andy Burnham's election campaign - or are you going to save it now??
 
mary Ferrer wrote
at 7:05:22 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017
Daft question.where are the MPs for Salford. Why are they not adding their support. Also what about the ward councillors across the City,because the closure will effect families across the City.its ok voicing their support when they are up for election,but where are they the rest of the time
 
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