The decision follows an evaluation of the future of the homes by PricewaterhouseCoopers which estimated that the current stock of homes require£635,000 of capital investment regardless of their future management. The saving to the council by leasing the homes was calculated at over£533,000 a year.
The social services committee has agreed in principle to the option of leasing the homes at the end of next year to a housing association or a non-profit making charity.
Meanwhile, Powys CC's social services committee has agreed to transfer its 12 residential homes to a not-for-profit provider. After interest from a series of national health organisations, three will now be invited to tender for the running of the homes.