Birmingham moves closer to externalisation

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

Birmingham City Council is planning further negotiations into the handing over of the running of its residential homes to non-profit making companies. If negotiations are successful, formal contracts could be drawn up by the end of the summer. Councillor Susanna McCorry, cabinet member for social services, said the move would mean every one of the 1000 care home residents would have improved living conditions within three years. Currently the council needs £60 million to refurbish its 29 homes up to national standards by 2007. At the moment this is money it does not have. “There are 24 of those homes that really need substantial investment and by working with private investors, we can reach the standards necessary,” Cllr McCorry said. “When many of the care homes were built 40 years ago, the rooms were much smaller with ten people sharing a toilet. Now the Government wants every room to be 11square metres with their own bathroom. “I am positive that the council can reach the new targets to improve living con

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