Day centre for elderly faces axe

Senior councillors are set to make a final decision today (Tuesday) on the future of a Hailsham day centre for older people.

The Orion Day Centre in Vega Close is among six homes across East Sussex earmarked for closure in a cost cutting exercise.

A recommendation to be put before East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet committee this morning says the centre should close but services will be provided at other locations by existing providers from the voluntary, community and independent sector.

Other centres include ones in Bexhill, Lewes, Hastings and Crowborough which also formed part of the council review which was subject to a three-month consultation ending in October.

The authority’s adult social care department has to reduce its budget by £27.8 million over the next three years.

The review was aimed at improving value for money while ensuring people eligible for day services continue to receive support, while establishing whether similar services could be better provided by organisations other than the council.

Officers have now presented their recommendations, based on a detailed analysis of usage of the centres, services available from other organisations and responses to the consultation.

The recommended proposals are aimed at ensuring services are protected and residents continue to receive the same level of support at less cost, preventing the need for unnecessary cuts to services to be made.