South Scotland

Beeswing project could ease council's social care spend

Dumfries and Galloway Council spends more than £2m-a-year sending people with learning disabilities to live in supported accommodation outwith the region, according to new report.

A total of 14 local adults with learning disabilities are currently on placements outside the south-west of Scotland, due to a lack of resources.

Each placement costs between £156,000 and £205,000 a year.

However, council officers hope a new housing project could ease the problem.

Five houses under construction at Beeswing, near Dumfries, have been designed around the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

The intensive supported living service would also be suitable for people with complex needs related to autism.

In a report to Dumfries and Galloway Council's social work committee, councillors are told: "It will have a specific focus on support for people whose needs and behaviours are challenging to services who would up to now have been considered for specialist residential care or out of region placement."

The homes are being built by Loreburn Housing Association on the site of the former regional council training centre in Beeswing.

They are expected to be completed by the end of August 2015.

Residents will receive round-the-clock care and support.

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