Devon

Challenge to Devon County Council care homes closures

  • 17 June 2014
  • From the section Devon
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Image caption Only two council-run residential homes will stay open

Opposition councillors are to challenge Devon County Council's plan to close 20 care homes and 17 day centres.

Liberal Democrats will ask for the proposals to use private care homes to be looked at by a scrutiny committee on 26 June.

The party wants more public debate on the closures and to scrutinise the evidence for the cuts.

The Conservative-controlled council claimed its own homes are too expensive to run.

A total of 260 residents of council-run care homes face moving into private homes over the next 18 months to slash social care spending by £10.7m.

More than 750 jobs could be lost and another 250 jobs could go in council run day centres as the authority closes 17 of them to save £1.7m a year.

Only two council-run residential care homes, with specialist dementia facilities, will remain open - in Newton Abbot and Torrington.

The council is trying to cut its spending by a third to £400m a year by 2017.

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