Northumberland plan to close three homes

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

Northumberland County Council has announced a review and possible closure of three council-run homes, leaving 120 elderly residents and 130 staff facing an uncertain future. The council says it has been obliged to make the decision as part of a program to make budget cuts of more than £7m this year. A formal consultation period has now been announced over the future of the Essendene in Ashington, Tynedale House in Blyth and The Mount in Morpeth. A council spokesman said it was not satisfied that the three homes were providing the high-quality environment the residents needed and it did not have the funds to renovate the properties. But local Wansbeck MP Denis Murphy said he was angry over the proposal. “I believe this is absolutely disgraceful and I am really disappointed that the county council didn¹t see fit to inform local MPs before making this announcement, or ask us to intervene and try to get extra funding from the Government, if that is the problem,” Mr Murphy said. “I am even more disappointed that

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