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Contact comments on announced Nascot Lawn funding loss

Thursday 16th November 2017

Nascot Lawn, the respite centre providing short breaks for children with complex health needs and learning disabilities, will cease being funded by the CCG, it was announced today. It is set to close in May 2018.

Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, says:

"We are bitterly disappointed by the CCG's decision to cease funding for Nascot Lawn. Families who have fought so hard to keep the centre open will be left feeling devastated and fearful for their families' future.

"They have been left hanging by a thread while the CCG and council have squabbled for months over who should fund the vital services Nascot Lawn provides for some of the most sick and disabled children and their families in the area.Sadly, this isn't an isolated case and across the country families are facing similar battles and endless stress and worry.

"It's vital short breaks services like those offered by Nascot Lawn remain a priority for local authorities and CCGs. Their value is clear - as well as being nothing short of a lifeline for many families, they also save the state tens of millions of pounds by supporting parents to look after their disabled children, and they give disabled children opportunities that their peers take for granted.

"That's why Contact, along with 50 other charities that form the Disabled Children's Partnership, are calling on the government to take action to stop disputes like this arising in the first place by reviewing how short breaks services are funded."