Meagre turnout for protest march

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

About 120 care home owners participated in a national protest march held in London on Saturday, October 21. Organiser Lesley Graves, of Springbank House in Derbyshire, said she was disappointed with the turnout. “I was certainly expecting a lot more,” she said. “My phone has been ringing all week with people expressing their support.” About 30 police officers escorted the march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. A delegation of six people then presented a letter addressed to prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street. The letter said funding for care paid by local authorities was “gross;y inadequate, and that residential care homes owned and managed by local authorities received, on average, £100 per resident per week more than did privately-owned care homes. “We can no longer continue to provide Å’carte on the cheap¹ the letter said. “Adequate funding is needed urgently to avoid the decimation of a vitally important industry.”

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