Council hands over care home

HAPPY HANDOVER -- elderly residents at Jubilee Court welcome Runwood Homes representatives.

HAPPY HANDOVER -- elderly residents at Jubilee Court welcome Runwood Homes representatives.

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THE KEYS have been handed over to officially complete the sale of Hucknall’s Jubilee Court care home to a private company.

In a controversial deal, Notts County Council has sold Jubilee Court, off Nabbs Lane — along with five other sites — to Runwood Homes, of Essex.

In total, it has earned the county council £2.5 million — the same amount that it cost to build Jubilee Court in 2003.

But despite criticism, bosses at County Hall maintain that the agreement is positive because it secures the jobs of 63 staff at Jubilee Court, with them moving over to Runwood.

Fees for all existing residents will remain at agreed county council rates for a minimum of three years.

The council says the deal will save £900,000 a year in running costs for the homes and will trigger a £9.4 million investment in care for pensioners in the county over the next five years.

Runwood has also signalled its long-term plans by pledging to spend £3 million to upgrade the Nottinghamshire homes in the next five years.

Planning applications have been submitted to increase the number of bedrooms at Jubilee Court to boost its capacity from the current 60 residents.

Coun Kay Cutts (Con), leader of the county council, said: “Our care homes, residents and employees are in safe hands. Runwood has an excellent reputation in the care industry and a successful track-record of taking on and improving former local-authority care-homes.

“With an increasingly ageing population, all authorities providing older persons’ care are under increasing pressure. However, by engaging high-quality private-sector providers in residential care, alongside new county council services to support older people in their own homes for longer, we are taking the action needed to meet the long-term demands facing social care.

Gordon Sanders, chief executive of Runwood Homes, said: “I am delighted that the transfer of these well-respected care-homes has now been finalised. I can assure all concerned that Runwood Homes is committed to their future investment and development in the long term.”