North Somerset Council care residents 'not to be moved'

North Somerset Council has denied allegations that elderly residents it funds to stay in homes might be moved in a row over fees.

The authority is involved in legal proceedings with a group of 13 care homes to decide future fees.

The home owners are demanding the authority pays higher fees for residents' care.

They claim the council has threatened to move elderly people to other homes because of the dispute.

A BBC reporter has seen written evidence of the threat - in a letter from a council solicitor to the home owners that was sent as part of the arbitration process.

The owners say some homes would go out of business if they lost the council contracts.

'Reassure residents'

The council said in a statement: "North Somerset Council would like to reassure residents in nursing homes paid for by the council that it is not preparing to move residents.

"A briefing was issued by care homes which is misleading, inaccurate and unhelpful. It also only refers to the case put forward by the care homes.

"We are currently involved in legal proceedings with a group of 13 care homes to decide the future rate of fees. We already pay some of the highest fee rates in the South West.

"This legal process is completely independent and will be finished by the summer.

"It would therefore be completely inappropriate to comment further on this process at this time other than to reassure residents that we are committed to providing the best possible residential care available."

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