Gateshead proposes placement deal with HICA and Housing 21

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

Gateshead Council has named Housing 21 and HICA Specialised Care Homes as members of a proposed partnership formed to provide placements for 400 people now living in 11 ageing Council-owned homes. HICA and Housing 21 will work with the Gateshead Council to develop new sheltered housing and residential care homes across the borough, with the first new buildings opening in 2001. Gateshead, in the North East, was recently criticised by the Audit Commission and Social Services Department for what it called “a heavy-handed approach” in its dealings with private providers (CT, Sept. 99). The Council says its budget for residential care for older people, both in its own homes and those in the independent sector, is not being cut and will remain at its existing level of £10.4 million without a reduction in spending on care in the private sector. The Council also says three quarters of those people currently funded by the Council choose to live in independent sector homes. Gateshead said its 11 existing homes, which

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