Isle of Wight – independent inquiry will examine homes transfer

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

An independent inquiry will investigate how the Isle of Wight Council transferred its residential homes to Somerset Care, a not-for-profit company, nearly four years ago. The council’s executive has agreed to allow an independent investigation into how the take-over took place, and into the local authority’s cash support for the organisation. The unanimous executive agreement was immediately welcomed by the chairman of the Island Registered Care Homes Association, Richard Jones. We are really looking forward to this inquiry,” Mr Jones said. “It has been thought for years that there was something of an odour about this and we welcome a fresh look by fresh, independent minds.” Agreement to an inquiry came in a debate following a detailed written question into the council’s involvement in passing over its Islecare homes to Somerset Care rent-free for six years. The question, from care home owner Nigel Humphreys, also detailed subsidies given by the council to Islecare before it was taken over. Mr Humphreys and t

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