A DAY centre in Burton for people with learning disabilities is ‘less at risk’ of closure than similar centres in the county, a councillor has claimed.
Staffordshire County Council has launched a public consultation over the future of its day centres due to fewer people using them.
Robert Marshall, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, is reported to have said no decision has yet been made about the centres but he was ‘sure some will close’.
But Mr Marshall told the Mail the centre in Shobnall Street, Burton, is ‘less at risk’ because it is one of the council’s larger centres in the county.
He said the consultation was launched because only about 60 per cent of people who were using the centres in 2010 are still using them.
Mr Marshal said: “People have been voting with their feet without us doing anything.
“The reason is that there are a lot more opportunities available then a few years ago.
“That’s because we are working on creating more community opportunities for people.
“Some people are putting around the rumour that we are not referring people to the centres but that’s not true.
“When we do an assessment we now give more suggestions rather than just send them to our learning centres.”
As part of the consultation, which started on August 19 and will run until November 14, people will be able to make suggestions and share their opinions on what support should be available.
It is hoped the consultation will allow the council to deliver more flexible and personalised support.
Mr Marshall added: “We want to make sure people are really reaching their full potential and we are proud of how we have helped support so many live much more independent lives.
“While some people obviously will need a higher level of support, I have heard some wonderful stories where residents have been given the chance to find employment and training, but also formed real friendships in the community.”