Stoke on Trent plans to close homes
Stoke on Trent City Council is considering closing two of its 16 residential care homes after a review showed that 10% of the 687 places in the homes are not taken up. The council says Â£200,000 could be saved by the closures The city council, which currently spends Â£14 million a year on residential and nursing homes, is also considering, as part of a review process, introducing partnership with the private sector and allowing operators to run services from existing council homes. In conducting the review, council officers said they had found that an increasing number of vacancies are occurring as more and more people choose to continue living at home. It was also discovered that city care homes cost on average Â£273 a week to run as opposed to Â£215 in a private home. The city council runs about half of all residential homes in its area compared to the national average of a quarter. The consultation process will conclude in January.