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Care Home Closures Confirmed By County Council

Care Home Protest County Hall

2:36pm 26th June 2013

Councillors have confirmed their decision to close two county council run care homes in favour of providing care to promote more independent living.

The decision, according to councillor Jill Haynes, who is the portfolio holder for adult social care for Dorset county Council, will bring Dorset's policy more in line with national thinking as to how adults with learning difficulties should be living.

Cllr Haynes told Wessex FM she accepts moving is traumatic but each case would be looked at individually and nobody would be forced into an independent living situation.

She also said the county council would guarantee the level of service, and would hope carers would continue to look after service users at their new homes.

But protestors in front of County Hall this morning disagreed. One care worker from Weymouth,  who's daughter is also resident at Alexandra Road Weymouth, said she had no idea what the future held and was very worried, and that  many residents have been living in the homes for years so likely to find any move distressing.

UNISON says the move would greatly affect their service users, who're mainly adults with learning disabilities. A spokesperson for the union said, “We understand the financial pressures on DCC but the business case behind these proposals are deeply questionable.

Councillor Haynes revealed it was projected the savings would come to about £ 500,000, but its likely they would have made the changes anyway.

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