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MY attention has been drawn to the exchange of correspondence between county councillors from Hucknall regarding the decision made by Notts County Council to transfer six residential care-homes, including Jubilee Court in Hucknall, as going concerns to Runwood Homes.

As a politically neutral company, we have no wish to inflame passions further by getting caught in the political crossfire. But it is regrettable that last week’s Letter from Coun Chris Baron (Lab) was entitled ‘Closing Of Care Homes Suits The Tory Ideology’,

The six homes are being transferred as going concerns, with a firm commitment to the future development of these homes in the future to ensure that they continue to make a significant contribution to the local communities which they serve.

The loose talk of closure brings unnecessary worry to residents, family and staff. There is a world of difference between transfer and closure.

Specifically within Coun Baron’s Letter are the apparent concerns raised regarding companies within the Runwood group which have been dissolved in recent years. The information is factually correct but should not convey sinister connotations, and I am happy to put the record straight.

All of Runwood’s care-home portfolio is managed through Runwood Homes or Kathryn Homes (a wholly-owned subsidiary), and such will continue to be the case. The Nottinghamshire care homes will be transferred to Runwood Homes and no other company.

Historically, Runwood Homes used to provide domiciliary care but no longer does so — as a considered business decision. As a consequence, Runwood Home Care Ltd and Kathryn Homecare Ltd were dissolved when the business was wound up.

In addition, the company acquired a care home with nursing in Norfolk which was managed by Traditional Care Homes Ltd. The acquired home was transferred to the Runwood group and the previous companies dissolved afterwards.

The changes around the dissolution of companies is consistent with a dynamic organisation exploring projects and opportunities but in no way is a reflection on the company’s core business interests.

ROGER SINDEN,

Runwood Homes.