Birmingham closes home it cannot sell to private sector

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A Birmingham residential care home will be closed despite previous assurances that it would continue to operate. Livingstone House in Handsworth had earlier been thought to be safe from closure with the announcement that, along with three other homes, it would be sold to the private sector. But now, Birmingham Council social services inspectors have ruled that the home would never meet required standards. As a result the 13 residents will have to be transferred elsewhere. A spokesman for a local pressure group who had fought to keep the home open said: “We are disgusted with the way the Council has dealt with the whole situation. If the home is that bad, why wasn’t it discovered before now?” Social services assistant director Bob Judges responded: “The chief inspector has said that it does not matter who owns the home. Unfortunately the only option now is closure.”

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