Local authority to close homes in Staffordshire

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

Plans for a substantial closure of care homes in Staffordshire have been released, with Stoke on Trent council proposing to close six out of the city’s 12 care homes by 2009. At the same time, Staffordshire County Council has announced a plan to cut 22 homes for elderly people and 13 homes for people with learning disabilities. The decision by Stoke on Trent could leave the city with just six homes with a total of 140 beds. The local authorities have said that those residents who need to be moved will be found places in private care homes or in schemes such as extra care housing. The Staffordshire County Council plan means that up to 460 people may have to be moved. When the decision was taken 200 people demonstrated angrily outside the council offices in Stafford, claiming that there had been a lack of consultation, but John Taylor, deputy leader of Staffordshire County Council defended the council’s position. “We have 220 private homes across the county and people won’t be moved until we have found an

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