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Dorset Day Services Face £600,000 In Cuts


(Updated 6:25pm 8th May 2012)

7:57am 8th May 2012

£600,000 - that's how much needs to be cut from Dorset Day Services.

Proposals that will be going to public consultation include merging two centres in Weymouth.

Plans for Fernhill and Acorns are among those currently being reviewed by Dorset County Council.

Other measures include reducing staffing hours and using volunteers.

Andrew Cattaway, Cabinet member for adult social care, said:

"We know that day services are highly valued and make a vital contribution to meeting people's needs.  We want to ensure these services can be maintained and developed for the future and that they are in line with people's needs.   

"We have listened to what our service users want and it is very encouraging that plans are shaping up to offer an improved service that will benefit the people who use the services, as well as the wider community. 
"The proposals to develop stronger links with local communities and voluntary organisations will also offer real benefits and we look forward to exploring these options in more detail.

"However services are delivered in the future, we remain committed to ensuring that they remain available and accessible."

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