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HEREFORD AND WORCESTER CARE 'SUBSTANDARD'

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Most of Hereford and Worcester CC's 24 residential care homes are below official registration standard, according t...
Most of Hereford and Worcester CC's 24 residential care homes are below official registration standard, according to a cross-party report.

The homes need major repairs and staff increases. The report proposes closing or transferring six homes for the elderly to cut £250,000 from the county's £70 million funding shortfall this year. Members hope the closures will also release up to £8m for improvements in the remaining 18 residential homes run by the council.

The report points out that it can be £51 a week cheaper for the council to buy a bed in the independent sector than to provide its own care, because people going into independent homes attract a residential allowance on top of any income support.

Under the proposals, four of the council homes are earmarked for closure, one would be converted to a day centre, and a sixth would be transferred to a local GP practice which wants to run it.
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