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New Bradley Hall care home 'could stay open'

A West Midlands care home at the centre of a row over plans to close it could now be run by another organisation, a local authority has said.

New Bradley Hall in Kingswinford, was one of four homes proposed for closure by Dudley Council in 2011.

It prompted protests by concerned residents.

The local authority has now said it hopes to transfer the home to a not-for-profit group like a charity or a social enterprise to keep it open.

'Financial pressure'

Councillor Dave Branwood, responsible for adult and community services, said residents and staff had "lived under the cloud of uncertainty for too long".

He said: "The message from the campaigners was delivered loud and clear that the community wanted New Bradley Hall to stay open.

"These proposals deliver this against a backdrop of unprecedented financial pressure for the council.

"By inviting bids from not-for-profit organisations the home will be managed in the most ethical way possible and conditions for staff and residents will remain high."

The proposals are due to go through a staff consultation next month, followed by a three-month tendering process.

Dudley Council said it hoped to complete the transfer of the 31-bed home by the end of the financial year.

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