The future of the Portsmouth Counselling Service (PCS) is in doubt following decisions by the city council and clinical commissioning group.
The PCS is one of the most valuable services provided by the voluntary sector in Portsmouth as it deals with some of the most vulnerable people in Portsmouth.
PCS is based at The Wesley Centre on Fratton Road and provides general and specialist counselling services.
Last month a joint meeting of the council and clinical commissioning group was held proposing funding be pulled because the PCS is “not part of the core business plan” and has forced the hand of the PCS in announcing its decision to close.
Cllr Stephen Morgan said:
“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of people with mental health issues in recent years. The work of PCS is therefore more needed than ever. Last year alone they carried out over 5,000 counselling sessions supporting over 600 local people.
Portsmouth Labour stands firmly alongside PCS and wants to preserve this valuable service and the fantastic work it does in our communities. This is another example of long term cost at a short-term gain”.
Portsmouth’s Labour Group raised concerns about the potential closure of the service at Full Council on Tuesday 11 October. Regrettably only a few minutes were given for the future of this important local service to be discussed.
The Labour Group will continue to lobby the council’s administration for the benefit of those who rely on this local service.
For more information about the work of PCS visit: www.pocounsellingservice.org.uk