Promise to look after care-home residents after sell-off

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A PLEDGE has been made to keep residents, families and staff informed “every step of the way” after controversial plans to sell the Jubilee Court care home in Hucknall were rubberstamped.

At a meeting of Notts County Council, the proposal was passed by a narrow margin. The vote saw 33 councillors in favour and 29 against.

The Conservative-run county council is selling the home and five others for what Labour rivals have labelled the “bargain basement” price of £2.5 million. The public services union, UNISON, held a demonstration ahead of the meeting and leaders have demanded guarantees on how the homes will be run after they are privatised.

But the county council says it has found the right buyer in Runwood Homes. Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), of Hucknall, lead member for adults social care and health, said the sale price reflected the market and conditions imposed to protect existing residents and employees.

“This is about people, not profits,” Coun Rostance added. “There may have been other ways of generating a more lucrative financial return for the care homes by not putting those stringent conditions in place. But our focus has been on finding the right partner to take residential care in Nottinghamshire forward, while protecting our residents and employees.

“A guarantee that our residents can stay in the same care home for the same price and be looked after by the same people is a price worth paying.”