Kent

MP Charlie Elphicke backs residents' Sampson Court plan

Sampson Court
Image caption Kent County Council is to make a decision about Sampson Court in the next few weeks

A Conservative MP has urged Kent County Council to back residents who want to take over the running of a care home for elderly people.

Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover and Deal, said residents had put forward a viable proposal that would secure the future of Sampson Court in Deal.

Kent County Council plans to shut 11 of its care homes to save £2m a year.

The Tory-run authority said it would consider whether the residents' plan offered good value for the taxpayer.

'Overcoming inertia'

Carole Hubble, one of the residents behind the plan, said the council had questioned its viability.

"We are just trying to protect a home that had wonderful staff who were extremely well trained," she said.

Mr Elphicke said: "People who work for local councils look at new ideas with a certain amount of horror.

"You've always got inertia when you try to create change and it's all about overcoming that inertia and giving it a chance."

Graham Gibbens, the council's cabinet member for adult social care, said a decision would be made in the next few weeks.

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