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York council drops "unaffordable" new care homes plan

Willow House care home York Image copyright Google
Image caption The council wants to replace what it calls out-of-date care homes

Plans to build two new care homes have been abandoned after proposals were judged to be "unaffordable".

The City of York Council has spent £350,000 over four years on a scheme to replace seven of its "out-of-date" care homes with two specialised homes.

In a report to the authority's cabinet, officers warned the requirements for the original project would not be covered by the funding available.

The Labour-run authority said it was working on an alternative scheme.

'Tax money wasted'

The decision has been branded a "disgrace" by Conservative councillor Paul Doughty.

Mr Doughty, health overview and scrutiny committee chairman, said: "The council has confirmed it has spent around £350,000 as part of the procurement process.

"That is £350,000 of tax-payers' money that has been wasted."

Under the original proposals, homes would have been built and run by a private provider on the sites of two former schools at Burnholme and Lowfield.

The council's cabinet will meet next week to consider new plans, which include:

  • Closing seven "unfit" care homes
  • A new care home at Burnholme
  • Adapting care at sheltered accommodation homes to cater for those with complex care needs and dementia
  • Developing housing on the Lowfield site, with a quarter reserved for elderly people
  • Increase the provision of smaller homes aimed at older people

Linsay Cunningham, cabinet member for health, said she was "obviously disappointed" a cost-effective solution had yet to be found, but was confident the new proposals would enable the council to meet the changing needs of residents.

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