Thursday, 25 July 2013

Campaigning to save Homewise & St Vincent's Services

CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT HYNDBURN HOMEWISE  AND ST VINCENTS  (Rossendale) PAYS OFF 

Local Home Improvement charity, Hyndburn Homewise have had their contract with Lancashire County Council extended until March 2014 following a campaign from local residents, local councillors and Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn and Haslingden.

The firm will now play a full role in the review of how Lancashire County Council funds home improvement services. Under previous plans, their contract would have ended in June and there was a threat of redundancy to staff and a poorer service to local residents.

Sue Sinclair, the charity's manager commented: 'We have been providing a service to Hyndburn residents for 20 years and have helped over 4000 people in improving their homes and lifestyles. For many we are a lifeline and since Christmas all of this has been under threat. I'm delighted that we will now be able to play a part in the review and that we can continue to help Hyndburn residents. I would like to thank everybody who has campaigned with us to reverse this decision'.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP, Graham Jones added 'The new Labour administration at County Hall has shown a strong commitment to Hyndburn and I'm delighted that following my lobbying we have managed to change the original decision. Hyndburn Homewise have an excellent reputation in the Borough and have helped thousands of residents'.

 'Labour in local government is about acknowledging that there are tough decisions to be made but with an understanding that local services are best delivered at a local level by local organisations. This decision is a clear sign that voting Labour in elections makes a difference, Labour has listened and Hyndburn Homewise can continue to provide support, keep people safe in their homes and keep jobs in the Borough'.