Council continues to run day services

County Offices, Lincoln

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County council bosses have decided to carry on running its remaining 17 day centres after failing to reach a deal to hand them over to an NHS trust.

The council had hoped to transfer day services to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

Despite negotiation between the council and LPFT, the organisations did not reach an agreement and the council now says it will keep running them with a view to modernising them too.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, said: “The day services are very important and valued by the people who use them; our priority throughout this process has been to secure a safe and sustainable service for those people.

“It is very disappointing that despite thorough negotiations with LPFT, we did not reach an agreement which would adequately assure us that the remaining 17 services would be fit for the future.

“I would like to reassure people that day services remain unchanged and people who need to use this service can continue to do so. Throughout the process anyone in need of day services has had the opportunity to attend them.

“We will now continue to modernise the service ourselves, working with carers, service users and staff to get their input into how it could be improved for the future.”

Sleaford’s day centre is based at 42B North Road.

The council began exploring options in March 2012, with 31 day services. Others have been transferred to alternative providers offering a modernised service.