Hertfordshire County Council had its Full Council meeting on 18th July 2017. At the meeting a petition was presented by families who use the Nascot Lawn Respite Centre.
At that meeting various motions were put forward by Councillors regarding Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) plans to close the centre in October 2017 because it was withdrawing its funding.
The CCG has decided to withdraw its support of £600,000 a year for the centre, in Watford, as it must find £45 million of savings as it has been placed in financial turnaround by NHS England.
The Council decided that the Council, namely the Executive Member for Children’s Services, will write to the Chief Executive and Chairman of Herts Valleys CCG to:
- Inform them that the Council strongly opposes the closure of the Nascot Lawn Respite Centre and asks them to reconsider their decision in the light of the harm it may do to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society.
- If they are adamant about ceasing the funding, then to delay the cuts until at least April 2018 to give the County Council time to establish suitable alternative provision.
The Council further requested that the Leader of the Council writes to the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to:
- Seek Government support to ensure the Hertfordshire CCG’s and the Council are able to adequately fund health and social care provision in accordance with patient need.
- Ask that in the event of the UK’s austerity measures being relaxed, Health and Social Care services are prioritised as areas which require immediate additional funding.
The Council also noted that the Hertfordshire MPs be written to so that they are informed of the Council’s motion and to seek their continued help and support.