North East Wales

Denbighshire council denies care home closure plan

Elderly person helped at a day centre
Image caption A team has examined the effectiveness of council-run homes and day centres

Denbighshire council has denied planning to close or sell any of its residential care homes or day centres.

It follows concern from Clwyd West AM Darren Millar that the Llys Awelon care home in Ruthin could be under threat.

The council said a review of in-house social care services had been carried out but no decisions had been made to even consult on options for the future.

Mr Millar said local people should have their say and that the interests of residents should be "paramount".

Modernising

Social services director Nicola Stubbins said senior managers had told staff that a report on council-run social services would be considered by councillors next week.

She said new laws meant there was a need to modernise the service, but stressed that no decisions had been made to close or out-source any in-house provider services.

"In fact no decision has yet been made to even consult on potential options for the future of those services," she added.

Around 140 staff and 200 residents or service users would be affected by any decisions involving seven homes and centres.

Mr Millar said: "Although no definite decision over the future of Llys Awelon has been made as yet, staff and residents will clearly be unsettled by this development.

"It is crucial that they are fully informed of any proposals and that they have the opportunity to have their voice heard by decision makers at the council."

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