Norfolk looks to private sector for new provision
A Norfolk County Council report has proposed a substantial increase in the use of private developers and housing associations to replace and build new care homes.
The council says its plan to create an extra 2,450 new care home places by 2020 is beyond the scope of its budget.
The council estimates that it will cost £60m alone to refurbish the council’s existing care homes. According to the report the number of people aged 85 and over in Norfolk is expected to increase by 54% by 2020.
The council has already either refurbished or rebuilt 12 care homes using capital from housing associations.
Commenting on the proposals in the report David Harwood, cabinet member for adult social services said Norfolk was facing a massive increase in demand for different types of residential care.
‘There are 26 council-owned residential homes and they are the ones we are concerned about,’ said Cllr Harwood.
‘We need to make provision for 2,500 people and t