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TWO WELSH AUTHORITIES PLAN TRANSFER OF CARE HOMES

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Ceredigion CC's social services department is to place seven residential homes for the elderly in private hands, re...
Ceredigion CC's social services department is to place seven residential homes for the elderly in private hands, reports The Western Mail (p6).

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.

They will be considered on 24 November. Chris Mann, chairman of social services, said: 'The proposals are a way of keeping all our homes open and directing more money to key services for people in need.'
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