Derbyshire care home funding rejected by govt

Posted on 26 April 2011

An application for governmental funding to help six care homes in Derbyshire has been rejected, leaving the future of the facilities, and residents with long term care plans in the area, uncertain.

The Ilkeston Advertiser reports that the £106.7 million funding bid was rejected following governmental cuts.

However, the money was desperately needed to update and revamp the facilities as some of those in question have been classed as unfit for purpose.

Bill Robertson, Derbyshire County Council strategic director for Adult Care, told the newspaper of the council's disappointment at the failure to secure funding.

"One of our top priorities is planning for the future of older people in Derbyshire and the rise in the number of people with dementia forecast over the coming years," he added.

This comes after Southern Cross residents paying for care in Scunthorpe were told they would not be made homeless by the healthcare company.

The care home operator was forced to make the announcement after bidding for short-term financial support from the government.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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