Local authority sell-offs

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

By Geoff Hodgson Barnet is one of a growing number of local authorities which are looking at ways of divesting themselves of costly-to-run residential care homes, many of which will fail to meet the new registration procedures for local authority homes. The future of 11 homes owned and operated by the north London borough is under review. In November last year the Barnet Council announced that residential care provision would be the first subject to come under the scrutiny of a newly-formed Social Affairs Policy Development Committee (PDC). Independent consultants Rho Delta were subsequently engaged to examine and report on a number of options for providing and funding residential care in the borough. These are understood to have included: #Selling the homes and land for redevelopment and spot purchasing residential beds from the private sector (an option the PDC is now believed to have rejected). #Closing two homes and moving the 50 residents to another residential home. #Selling some of the homes to the vo

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