Unions keep up pressure over care home closure plans

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UNIONS will be lobbying Durham county councillors as they arrive at County Hall for their full council meeting tomorrow morning in a row over care home closures.

If proposals to close the council’s five remaining care homes go ahead, 50 residents will have to move and 174 jobs will be lost, according to public-sector union Unison.

A public consultation about the future of the homes is under way, and possible options include the possibility of closure or privatisation of all of the homes.

Unison regional organiser Howard Pink said: “Unison will be lobbying the full council again, to keep up the pressure on councillors to put care and compassion before simple financial considerations.

“We know that some councillors are opposed to the county council ending all direct provision of care homes.

“Furthermore, there are a lot of new councillors since the last local elections, so it is very important that they hear the voices of residents, relatives and staff.

“We believe that some councillors and officers have already made up their minds that the homes should close, but we are determined to put across a different point of view.”

The consultation about the future of the care homes runs until January 19.