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Scotter House in Scunthorpe to close

A respite care unit for people with learning disabilities in North Lincolnshire is to close.

North Lincolnshire Council said just 11 families used Scotter House in Scunthorpe.

A council spokesman said it had cost £900,000-a-year to run the service and it was "not viable or cost-effective".

The 21 staff will be offered retraining and redeployment although some have already moved. The council said no job losses were envisaged.

Councillor Rob Waltham, who is responsible children and young people's services, said: "Over the years, there has been a fall in the number of people choosing traditional respite services such as Scotter House, either because they are using other services in the independent sector, or because of the change in the way people can access services now.

"More people are using personal budgets nowadays where they can decide what support they need, when they need it.

"This gives them far more independence as opposed to being told what care they need. So it's important that we recognise this."

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