COUNCILLORS have been given an insight into the future of a care home in Hucknall, which is being controversially privatised.
Jubilee Court, off Nabbs Lane, is being sold off, with five other residential homes, by Notts County Council as part of a cost-cutting drive.
Critics say the deal, worth just £2.5 million, is a “scandal” considering Jubilee Court cost £2.5 million alone. But the county council says the sale protects existing staff and residents.
Now senior councillors have visited two venues owned by Runwood Homes — the company which has bought the six Nottinghamshire sites and will take control next January.
A delegation included the leader of Notts County Council, Coun Kay Cutts (Con), and also Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), of Hucknall, who is lead member for adult social care and health. Rrepresentatives of other political parties were also on hand.
They visited Greenbanks, a former Hertfordshire County Council-run home and day centre. Ownership transferred to Runwood in 1998.
It caters for 66 residents and was last rated as a two-star (good) home under the former Care Quality Commission (CQC) grading system.
The councillors also visited Lancaster Court in Watford — a purpose-built Runwood home. It provides for 65 residents, including frail older people, those with physical disabilities and elderly suffering from dementia. It too was last rated as a two-star (good) home under the former CQC system.
Coun Cutts said: “All the councillors were very impressed by the high standards at the two homes.
“It was very evident that the interior of the homes, the gardens and, most importantly, the residents and their family members themselves were extremely well looked after.”
She added that she would be happy living in a Runwood home.