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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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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