Council considers saving another Bristol care home after review of closures
Plans to close council-run care homes and day services in Bristol have been reconsidered by a group of councillors.
An additional residential home will be run by the council in partnership with an external organisation under the proposals that have been approved by the mayor.
George Ferguson set up a cross-party group to take another look at the unpopular proposals to close eight council care homes and seven day care services after he was elected in November. Representatives from all four political parties put together a list of recommendations.
The original plans included the proposal for two care homes - Brentry House in Brentry and Greville in Stockwood - to close and be refurbished by an external care organisation which would run them as residential homes for people with dementia.
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The cross-party group, made up of Lesley Alexander (Con, Frome Vale), Tess Green (Green, Southville) Glenise Morgan (Lib Dem, Henleaze) and Jenny Smith (Lab, Southmead), recommended that a third dementia home should be set up in partnership with another organisation.
They also said the council should try to attract more extra care housing schemes into the city and the mayor should lobby the government for the regulatory function currently carried out by the Care Quality Commission to be brought back to the local authority.
In terms of day care services the group accepted the recommendation for three "hubs" in the city.
They believed that these services would meet demands but that more work would need to be done in September 2014 to ensure there were enough services to support people with disabilities.
Mr Ferguson said: "The cross-party group has worked swiftly and efficiently to review the complex and controversial set of decisions taken last year by the previous Cabinet on the future of residential and daycare services.
"I strongly believe that councillors working in this way is productive and beneficial to effective decision making. I am very happy to accept all the panel's recommendations."