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Specialist day centre for people with 'most complex needs' delayed until 2018


Hackney Council has revealed that a promised resource centre for Hackney residents with the most complex support needs is running 18 months behind schedule.

The Oswald Road resource centre was supposed to open in August 2016 but now the council says it will not open until early 2018.

Answering quetions at the Health in Hackney Scrutiny Commission, cabinet lead for health and social care Councillor Jonathan McShane said the buiding was delayed because they could not find a contractor to deliver the project in line with their budget.

Healthwatch Hackney regularly receives inquiries from carers in Hackney who are concerned that their severely disabled loved ones are being left at home without adequate access to day services.

This week we heard about one vulnerable young man with severe learning disabilities and complex physical needs who was only taken out of his house one day a week.

Plans for the Oswald Street resource centre were developed when the council approved plans to reorganise day services in 2013. The reorganisation has so far resulted in the closure of Sam and Annie day centre.

Transforming Day Care Service in Adult Social Care aimed to cut costs by reorganising the borough's then four specialist resource centres by 2015.

The council planned that places at Oswald Street would be reserved for people with dementia and those with profound and multiple disabilities or complex needs while people with lower level needs who needed day services would be offered activities in the community.