Bristol scraps plans to privatise homecare

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

Plans for the further privatisation of care services in Bristol have been scrapped by the newly elected Labour council. The previous Lib-Dem administration’s plan to privatise up to 30 per cent of the in-house homecare had been a major issue during the local elections. Labour has been supported by Tory councillors on the issue. The new Labour administration says it will now consult with service workers and users to improve homecare in the city. “We will go back and consult with users and workers and look at how we can improve the service,” said Peter Hammond, the cabinet member for care and the communities. “They are the people who have put forward many useful and very important suggestions during the weeks of the election campaign and we will be consulting with them to move forward.” Care workers in the city were interviewed by local reporters for their views on the change. Kelly Roberts, 45, from Kingswood, a homecare worker for 15 years and a campaigner against the privatisation plan said she was

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