Petition over respite home plans

A petition will be handed in to Newport City Council calling for services for disabled young adults to be saved. The council says no decision has yet been made.

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6000-strong petition handed to Newport Council

A 6000 name petition has been handed to Newport City Council to try to stop cuts to services for those living with disabilities. Proposals include closing a residential respite home for people with learning difficulties.

The council says that no decision has yet been made but the consultation process closed today. Our Correspondent Richard Morgan has more.

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Newport respite home 'a lifeline'

Dawn Parker, whose daughter Rachel uses the respite care at New Willows, says the proposed closure of the the home will have a detrimental effect on her health.

I know I can put Rachel into New Willows and her care plan will be followed. It gives me peace of mind, and a chance for time to myself. Rachel's needs are complex and I wouldn't get a break at all without it. I have no one to help me.

– Dawn Parker

Newport City Council stresses that no decision has yet been made.

Petition over Newport respite home proposals

Parents of people with disabilities are handing a 6,000-signature petition into Newport City Council later in a bid to stop a residential respite home being closed.

Newport City Council is currently consulting over changes to the provision of care in the city, including a proposal to close New Willows, which provides residential respite care to adults with learning difficulties.

The council says the changes should give greater choice to people.

Newport City Council fully understands that users, families and carers will have concerns about any changes to services. We want to offer people control over their care rather than it being provided simply on the basis of what is currently available. Direct payments will give people the opportunity to make their own decisions about what they want, albeit with support so that people do not feel overburdened by the responsibility.

– Newport City Council spokesperson

The consultation on the plans closes in February. Newport City Council says no final decision will be made until then.

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