HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
HUGE COST OF SHUTTING SALFORD DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME QUESTIONED BY UNISON
 

Star date: 24th November 2017

SUGGESTED COST OF £250,000 EACH TO MOVE CHILDREN FROM THE GRANGE

Salford City UNISON has written to the Salford Mayor and councillors about the huge cost of moving children from The Grange to placements outside the borough, which it suggests could be as high as £250,000 per child.

Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, made the decision to shut the city's only home for disabled children but UNISON reckons it would cost more to close the facility than to keep it open. Meanwhile, solicitors representing one of the young people at the Grange are awaiting a judge's decision for a judicial review into the closure.

Full details here...


Salford City UNISON, the trade union representing staff at The Grange, the city's only residential home for disabled children, has written to the Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and an array of councillors questioning the potential cost of shutting down the facility.

In August, to shouts of 'traitor' and 'shame', Dennett made the decision to close The Grange in order to save £300,000*. The justification was that there was 'no demand' for the service, with only two children resident at the five bed facility. UNISON countered that this just wasn't true...

"The so called lack of demand for The Grange is a lie to justify a cut, and even worse the privatisation of all residential care for disabled children from Salford" the union stated adding that it "conveniently hides the fact that Children Services management have refused to place any child at The Grange since last year because the resource is at risk of closure!"**

In the latest email to the Mayor, seen by the Salford Star, UNISON questions the huge cost of moving children outside the borough...

"This week The Grange was visited by a children's home who say they would have received referrals for both residents from the Grange" the email states "The suggested cost would be £250,000 per young person.

"They also stated they already had a young person recently placed with them who would have been suitable at the Grange" it adds "Those three placements alone will be higher than the cost of keeping the Grange open.

"To add insult to injury the Manager explained that they couldn't take anyone immediately because they didn't have enough staff and proceeded to hand out leaflets for an open day" it explains "They even suggested that all staff should transfer to them and they could open a new home! So much for no demand!

"Suffice to say staff were not interested and were further disappointed about how the Council have dealt with a home that they love" the email concludes.

Meanwhile, lawyers from Irwin Mitchell have filed papers for a judicial review into the closure and are currently waiting for a judge's decision on whether they have permission to go ahead to a full hearing...


See previous related Salford Star articles...

*Shouts of 'Traitor' As Salford Labour Mayor Shuts Disabled Children's Home – click here

**UNISON Accuses Salford Council of Lying To Justify Shutting Disabled Kids Home – click here

Application for Judicial Review Lodged Against Salford Council In Bid To Save the Grange – click here

wrote
at 5:13:15 AM on Sunday, November 26, 2017
Is Felsie back on drugs. He will fit well into Langworthy.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 5:27:48 AM on Saturday, November 25, 2017
While I have every respect for Paul Dennett I do feel his Labour Council is viewing The Grange as the problem rather than as a solution. Allow me to educate with just one solution. My Option Number 5 would be to move The Grange to a government fund refurbished Buile Hill Park. Extending the building to a 20 young people in need service. Salford's own 2 young people to enjoy 18 others from across the U.K. joining them. Salford charging those other local authorities £250,000 each guest. Income into Salford £4.5 million a year less health service costs of £2million being a net income of £25million each 10 years. There are other options and I hope the Courts find against Salford Council to be able to explore alternative options that will put these young residents' needs first.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Shopping Centre
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCIL TO BORROW £38MILLION FOR OFFICE BLOCK
Felse, Ferrer, Oneil ... Be quiet. None of you are credible as an alternative to Labour. None of you has a genuine pedigree. Oneil... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL TO BORROW £38MILLION FOR OFFICE BLOCK
Salford's Labour controlled Council are sounding more like the Tories, protecting the wealthy and forgetting about the poor. 10 ... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL TO BORROW £38MILLION FOR OFFICE BLOCK
John will be thinking did our Labour Mayor know we are about to give £10million to an area 26 miles away as he delivered his said ... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY CLOSURE GOVERNMENT BOMBSHELL
A hung council. I like the sound of that .I'll pay for the rope.... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL TO BORROW £38MILLION FOR OFFICE BLOCK
I attended the meeting at Hemsley Hall on Saturday 17th February where the Mayor of Salford gave an impassioned speech around aust... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD UNIVERSITY LECTURERS STRIKE OVER POSSIBLE 40% PENSION CUT

Star date: 22nd February 2018

'THIS IS THE LAST STRAW'

Salford University lecturers went on strike today over an attack on their pensions, which their union, UCU, states could lead to a cut of between 20% and 40%.

Pickets were mounted at all entrances of the University, where UCU official Matt Arrowsmith told the Salford Star, "Our members feel this is the last straw...Nobody wants to be on strike but this is our last line of defence."

Full details here...

SALFORD COUNCIL TO BORROW £38MILLION FOR OFFICE BLOCK

Star date: 21st February 2018

COUNCIL TO BORROW £38.6MILLION FOR EMBANKMENT OFFICES

Cash strapped Salford City Council, currently mired in controversy over shutting its five nurseries, is to borrow £38.6million this year to 'invest' in its new 100 Embankment office block.

It's part of an overall £200million 'investment' in this block and its Two New Bailey block.

Full details here...

SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY CLOSURE GOVERNMENT BOMBSHELL

Star date: 20th February 2018

GOVERNMENT REVEALS THAT SALFORD COUNCIL NEVER ASKED FOR FUNDING FLEXIBILITY

Salford City Council recently announced that it was proposing to close all five of its nurseries. And yesterday Children's Lead Member, Lisa Stone, said that it was "a direct result of Government changes, which reduce the use of Dedicated Schools Grant."

However, this afternoon a spokesperson for the Department for Education told the Salford Star that "Any council that had concerns…could apply to the department for increased flexibility" in the Grant's use. They added that "The Department has not received a request from Salford for increased flexibility…" This is bound to increase pressure on the City Mayor to hold off the consultation on the closures.

Full details here…

SALFORD RED DEVILS AUDITOR ‘CASTS DOUBT’ ABOUT ‘COMPANY’S ABILITY TO CONTINUE’

Star date: 19th February 2018

SALFORD REDS ACCOUNTS SHOW ALMOST £9MILLION LIABILITIES

New accounts published for the Salford Red Devils show that the company made losses of over £700,000 last year and that it has net liabilities of almost £9million, including the £1million loan from Salford City Council.

Despite the directors insisting that restructures and changes within the club forecast a 'modest profit', its auditor states that the conditions "indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern".

Full details here...

SALFORD DESIGNER REACHES FINAL OF LIBERTY LONDON TALENT SEARCH

Star date: 18th February 2018

SALFORD MISSHANDLED IN 3-D

Salford's Amanda Tiller, founder of MissHandled, has beat off over nine thousand entrants to reach the final in a search by iconic department store, Liberty London, to find the best untapped interior design talent.

Amanda does hand-made 3-D geometric home accessories, and her wild and wonderful jesmonite Object of Desire has impressed Liberty buyers, who are now asking the public to help sway their vote before they reveal the winner.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx