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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says a decision to set in place transitionary services over the next three months for clients of Work and Income in Kaiapoi is another example of the community working together to find solutions.

Following an announcement by the Ministry of Social Development to relocate Work and Income services in Kaiapoi to Rangiora due to declining numbers, Doocey invited Regional Commissioner for Social Development John Henderson to meet with health and age-care stakeholders, including Grey Power, Community Wellbeing North Canterbury and Waimakariri District councillors and community board members, in Kaiapoi to explore potential solutions.

At the meeting Doocey asked whether MSD could co-locate its services in Kaiapoi after the transitionary period ended at the end of January 2017.

“It was a really positive meeting and I think we all were impressed with how MSD met us in exploring options. The result was that John put forward the offer to continue transitionary services in Kaiapoi once a week and to gather data at the end of that period around numbers using the services.

“We also reached an agreement to all get together at the end of the transitionary period to explore possible ways to continue services at local level, whether through co-location or mobile services, for the future,” Doocey said.

Doocey said he would like to hear feedback from residents to hear their views. “We’ve been advised the transitionary service will operate on Mondays until the end of January from MSD’s existing site in Kaiapoi. We would like to hear the community’s views on this issue, so please get in touch with my office or your local councillor or community board member.”

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