Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Home for adults with learning disabilities given £1.3m backing

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Image caption Work will begin in March at the Leece Lodge site with completion and handover planned for early 2016

Tynwald has approved a £1.3m project to build a residential home for adults with learning disabilities in Braddan.

The 10-bed unit will replace two smaller facilities at Radcliffe Villas on Glencrutchery Road in Douglas which no longer meet minimum standards.

According to the Department of Health around 300 people on the Isle of Man have a complex learning disability with 120 accommodated in community homes.

Work will begin in March with completion set for early 2016.

Health minister Howard Quayle MHK said it is a "significant investment in fit for purpose and high quality facilities that meet the required standards."

He added that the investment demonstrates government's commitment to "protecting the vulnerable".

The building will be able to operate as a single facility for 10 residents or as two facilities for five residents each.

It will include bigger bedrooms, en-suites with hoisting and specialist bathing facilities and more accessible communal living areas.

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