Mid Wales

Seven Powys elderly day care centres hand over plan

An elderly woman's hand on a stick
Image caption The council rejected plans to close its centres for the elderly in March

Seven day centres for the elderly in Powys could be run by community councils and voluntary groups by the end of 2017, claims a local authority.

Powys council has launched a plan to change management at three of its seven centres by next April.

It aims to transfer the other four in the following two years as it aims to plug a £40m budget gap by April 2017.

A charity supporting elderly people said losing the facilities could cut the elderly off from society.

The council has been reviewing the way services are provided after stepping back from a proposal to save £250,000 by closing centres for the elderly at its budget meeting in March.

'Track record'

Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Darren Mayor said: 'We have been looking at alternative arrangements and the management of day centre services for older people at great length and feel that externalising the service is the best way to keep it running in the local community.

'We have been working with a registered charity with a proven track record to help local communities, councillors, local town councils and the third sector develop a service that is right for service users and the authority.

"While discussions with some of the organisation are well advanced and we are confident that services will be maintained in their local communities it would be inappropriate to name them at this stage.

"As soon as arrangements have been finalised we will be able to provide full details of how the service will be provided in future."

An Age Cymru spokesman said: "Age friendly communities provide everyone with the opportunities, facilities and services that they need such as day centres and public toilets, to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.

"Without facilities such as these, there is a real possibility that older people can feel cut off from society and isolated."

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