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Vital King's Lynn service given reprieve

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5:39am 13th March 2018
(Updated 5:39am 13th March 2018)

It's been given a reprieve but this vital King's Lynn service hasn't been saved. 

That's the message coming from campaigners calling for the future of Morley House to be secured.

The respite centre for disabled was meant to lose its funding at the end of August.

But after the campaign on KL.FM - Norfolk County Council have extended that until March 2019.

While this is a victory for the families that rely on Morley House - it's not the end of the fight.

They're keeping up their push to make sure the centre has a secure future in West Norfolk.

Morley House still under threat from cuts in King's Lynn

[Campaigners say the fight for the service isn't over yet]

We've been hearing from the families who wouldn't be able to get by without Morley House.

This mum's son goes to the centre and she says it has changed their world for the better:

"To know he has respite there - it's a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

"It's home from home - he's well looked after and he loves it there.

"Typical example - when we arrive he's turning around and pushing me out of the door saying "You've got me here and you can go now!"

"It's a complete weight off our shoulders because you know he's being looked after.

"He has such complex needs and there I know he's safe, he's looked after and he loves it.

"Taking Morley House away will leave so many families at crisis point with nowhere to turn.

"It's a service that keeps so many families under stress together.

"The County Council has no real understanding of these children and what their needs are and it's completely wrong they've made these decisions without consulting any of the parents beforehand.

"I understand they have budgets but it's wrong they're taking it away from children who so desperately need this respite as well as their parents.

The Campaign to Save Morley House added:

"Whilst we welcome the decision today by Children's Services to keep Morley available to those who currently use it for respite or boarding, we are concerned that the authority still intend to cease using it in March 2019 and that Morley families are still to be forced to reassessment in March 2018.

"Such assessments are still under the Resource Allocation System (RAS) and a new criteria of assessment that we consider to be not fit for purpose. These children have already been assessed as in need of care under children with disabilities.

"Parents have not asked for decisions to be made quickly as many have already hold in their hands agreements for their child to receive Morley as a service.

"We continue to be concerned that the Morley issue will Merely move to another community in Norfolk as the cuts to service continue across the county. We thank Elizabeth Truss MP and Henry Bellingham MP for meeting us on Friday and will keep them updated on the assessment in March and the consolation process. Sadly Morley is not saved, it has had a reprieve.

Norfolk County Council has been asked to comment on the latest updates regarding Morley House.

They have sent out a letter to parents yesterday (12th March) saying  that after talking to parents, and meeting with MPs Elizabeth Truss and Sir Henry Bellingham, Morley House will stay open till March 2019 and further consultation will take place with parents.

MP for South West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss said:

"I want to ensure that respite care and support for the families is available and I made this point to the Head of Children’s Services when we met last week.

"I am concerned about the way these families have been communicated with given that they are in very challenging circumstances so I am extremely pleased that Norfolk County Council has delayed the proposed closure to Morley House till 2019.

"This will allow for greater consultation with families; they do an excellent job of looking after their children and we must support them."

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