Bromley Council’s next round of cuts will undermine the day centre for the elderly in Melvin Road, run by Age UK.
The council currently block books a number of places at the centre for less well off, vulnerable, elderly people to ensure they can get out of their houses and meet with others. The Melvin Hall Centre also offers daily lunches and other services such as hairdressing for those who need it. By knowing they will receive a minimum level of funding, the centre can employ staff to cook the lunches and provide these basic services.
From April next year, a small allowance will be paid directly to a restricted number of individuals instead. The elderly themselves will have a greater choice of how to use any benefit they receive but in many cases the process of boooking your own place at the day care centre will mean some people drop out even though they benefit from the servcie. As a result, there will be no guarantee that the Melvin Hall service will have enough income to continue to provide the service that is a lifeline to so many isolated elderly in our area.
Cllr Peter Fookes is on the committee at Melvin Hall and we will do all we can to make sure this vital service survives.