Essex to sell its 12 remaining homes

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

Essex County Council is to privatise its 12 remaining residential care homes as part of a plan which, the council says, will improve services and to cut costs. The decision to sell-off the homes was taken after the authority increased council tax levels. The council then put into action a number of cost-cutting measures to try to keep down any further rises. More than 40 pensioners held a demonstration prior to the meeting when the decision was taken. Phyllis Webb, 73, chairman of Braintree Pensioners¹ Action Group, said the group was worried the homes could eventually be sold for housing or development. “I am very disappointed,” Ms Webb said. “We need a cross-section of private and council-run homes.” A council spokesman said it had always been stressed that this was a transferring of homes to the private sector, not a closure. “This is so that standards can be improved and the number of beds increased to meet the needs of an expanding, ageing population,” the spokesman said. Lord Hanningfield, leader of th

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