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Three Care homes set to close in Birmingham

Public service union UNISON West Midlands have today confirmed that it is in discussions with Four Seasons Care Homes regarding the closure of three of their sites in the region, Heath House in Kings Norton, Ivy House in West Heath and Oaklands in Moseley. Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

“UNISON is in consultation with Four Seasons Care Homes over the closure of these three properties in the region. We are involved in discussions with the company to try and reduce, as far as possible, the need for compulsory redundancies. We are hopeful that as many staff as possible will transfer to other care homes owned by the company across the region. While staff within the homes are understandably concerned for their own future, they are working hard to support and care for the residents”

– Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands

Rachael Junge, Regional Managing Director at Four Seasons said:

“The wellbeing of residents is our priority and we will work closely with Birmingham City Council’s Social Services team to ensure that the residents and their families are supported to find suitable alternative placements. We hope they will choose to move to another of our homes in the area, although it is entirely their choice. We will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for the most appropriate arrangements to be made for all residents and we will do everything we can to ensure there is no disruption to their care during the transition."

– Rachael Junge, Four Seasons

Rugeley coal power plant to close by end of next month

Rugeley coal power plant in Staffordshire will close by the end of June this year because of worsening conditions for coal generation, operator Engie said on Friday.

General view of Rugeley Power Station and the sunset over Etching Hill, Staffordshire Credit: Edward Smith / EMPICS Entertainment

The 1 gigawatt plant in the West Midlands county of Staffordshire is jointly owned by French power and gas group Engie and Mitsui & Co and can provide enough electricity to power a million homes.

The company has ruled out compulsory redundancies before the end of June.

Engie is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan.

– Statement from Engie

British power company SSE will keep open its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester until at least March 31, 2017, having previously said it was likely to close this year.

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