Leicester plans to offload six homes
Leicester City Council has begun a review that could see six care homes transferred to the private sector.
The council says the homes currently need £15m worth of investment and upgrades to keep them in manageable condition. The review will look at the possibility of a transfer to the private sector, or the set up of a not-for-profit company to run them by 2012.
It is estimated that a transfer out of council hands would result in an annual saving of about £1.2m.
Councillor Michael Cooke, city council cabinet member for older people, said the review would be complete by the end of the year.
‘These homes haven’t been improved for 15 years,’ said Cllr Cooke. ‘Our costs are significant here and we have to review our service.’
Unions have indicated that they are not in favour of a transfer. The care homes under review are Abbey House, in New Parks; Arbor House, in Evington; Herrick Lodge, in Belgrave; Nuffield House, in the West End; Preston Lodge, off Humberstone Road, and Thurn Cour