Council backs down from judicial review

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

Northamptonshire County Council has backed down over the proposed sale of 16 of its residential homes after private care home owners sought a judicial review of the deal. Norarch ­ the Northamptonshire Association of Care Homes ­ chairman Patricia Byrom said the Council had sought to sell the homes to two corporate providers, giving preferential trading terms and rejecting local applications to purchase the homes. “The Council have capitulated and gone back to re-advertising these homes,” Ms Byrom said. Norarch became aware of the proposed sale at the end of March and lodged the application for Judicial review in June. The application was withdrawn in early July when the Council called off the deal with the two corporate providers. “On the back of this, we were intending to ask the court to make a declaration that the Care Standards Act is incompatible with the4 Human Rights Act under Sections 8, 3 and 2,” Ms Byrom said. “Counsel thinks we have a good case. In order to take what is called a Å’class action¹

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