A Devon County Councillor says money wasted on its marketing and PR budget should be used to save care homes in the county.
20 residential homes, and 17 day care centres are to close in a bid to save more than ten million pounds but Liberal Democrat, Richard Younger-Ross, says the cuts are being made by the Conservative run council in the wrong areas.
Twenty care homes are to close in Devon - leaving hundreds of vulnerable and elderly residents facing an uncertain future. The decision will leave the county with only two specialist units to treat dementia. Richard Lawrence reports.
Trade Union UNISON has vowed not to allow the decision made by Devon County Council to go unchallenged, as the Council votes to close 20 Adult Residential Care Homes.
This decision comes after months of campaigning by UNISON, meetings with Councillors and our members and today we learn that these crucial front line services and the vulnerable adults the Council are there to protect are to be left with an uncertain future and our valuable public service employees left without jobs.
Many of the vulnerable adults within these homes live in remote rural areas, they are now faced with a huge upheaval which will see them ripped away from the communities where they have lived for many years.
– Steve Ryles, Devon County UNISON Branch Secretary
This shameful decision made by Devon County Council is yet another shocking example of the devastating cuts being placed on the shoulders of the most vulnerable people in our society, these vulnerable adults are likely to face confusion and anxiety about todays announcement and the Council will be left without a valuable and crucial service.
It is clear that the Council had already made their minds up, they had a strategy in their sights. The hard working front line staff that now face redundancy is just shocking news.
– Joanne Kaye, UNISON South West Regional Secretary