Bradford Council budget contains provisions for elderly

Posted on 24 February 2011

Older people in Bradford have been reassured that they have been put at the top of the list of priorities in the local authority's latest spending programme, which may be welcome news for those choosing a care home in the area.

Bradford Council has proposed new care facilities and £17 million has been earmarked between 2012 and 2015 for replacing 11 homes with five news ones, as well as increased external care housing, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports.

Meanwhile, £10 million will be spent over the next two years to provide a school for children with special needs, while £5 million will be used to turn the former Thorn Park School for the Deaf into a Communication and Interaction School.

Other plans include £1 million for a new health centre in Keighley and £600,000 for mental health services.

It follows news in the Swindon Advertiser that Swindon Council is giving older people "personalised budgets" of council cash that they can use for their long term care plans.

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