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White Gables

Cuts in funding for social care are hitting Bromley after a care home for dementia sufferers is being forced to close.

Bromley Liberal Democrats have condemned the closure of the White Gables Day Centre for People with Dementia. "This centre is a lifeline for so many families who have relatives with Dementia, it is a really sad loss to the community. "

The centre is run by the Alzheimers Society and they have announced that the centre will close on 30 June. The society said the centre was closing because there are not enough people using the service to cover the cost of running it.

"This does not mean there isn't a demand, it just means that there aren't enough people with dementia who have enough private finance or funded places allocated by Bromley Council to meet the cost of a place at the day centre" said LibDem campaigner Julie Ireland. "The centre is a victim of the growing gap between the needs of the community and the funding provided by the local authority. " Mashhood Ahmed, spokesman for the Alzheimers Society told us "The social care system is currently starved of funding and people with dementia are often bearing the brunt of the crisis".

The centre has been running for more than 20 years and was one of the first in the country to provide specialist care for people living with dementia. It was re-launched only 2 years ago with extended opening hours, flexible hours and reduced running costs with a great deal of publicity including a visit from the Mayor of Bromley. Without the support from the local authority the gap in funding was too big to be met by voluntary donations. "We hear of people who have been waiting more than a year for support for relatives with Alzheimers" said Julie Ireland "and yet Bromley Council have not funded enough places to keep this well respected and much valued centre open".