Meagre turnout for protest march

Posted on October 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 “grossly inadequate, and that residential care homes owned and managed by local authorities received, on average, £100 per resident per week than did privately-owned care homes. “We can no longer continue to provide ‘care on the cheap’,” the letter said. “Adequate funding is needed urgently to avoid the decimation of a vitally important industry.”

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