Kirklees considers five closures
Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has announced a period of consultation over the possible closure of five of its residential care homes. The homes are Moorlands Grange at Netherton, Oakes Villa at Oakes, Claremont House in Heckmondwike, Knowle Park House at Mirfield, and Ings Grove House in Mirfield. The council says it is faced with the options of closure, major refurbishment to meet new standards or a sell-off to private operators. Unions are arguing against the closure, saying private care homes give a worse level of service to residents and poorer conditions for the staff. A council spokeswoman said the councilÂ¹s strategy was now to introduce services aimed at allowing people to live in their own homes as long as possible. “These moves represent a major change to the outdated approach, where it was the norm to put older people into institutionalised care,” the spokeswoman said.