Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Controversial Home Care Plans on Hold; Legal Query Puts Temporary Halt to Cuts

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Controversial Home Care Plans on Hold; Legal Query Puts Temporary Halt to Cuts

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Byline: Neil McKay

CONTROVERSIAL plans to slash the number of companies providing home care for elderly and vulnerable residents have been put on temporary hold.

A "legal query" has delayed the plans which opponents claim are causing the elderly and vulnerable "unnecessary stress".

Dozens of care workers staged a placard-waving protest outside Durham County Council headquarters last week over the plans to cut the number of firms providing the care from 47 to 10.

They claim thousands of elderly, vulnerable people who require home visits in County Durham have been left frightened and confused by the uncertainty. The plans, if they eventually get the go ahead, would mean residents would be able to get funded care from just 10 providers.

Susan Close from Shildon, who works for Bishop Auckland-based Unique Care, said: "By making these changes the Council has caused so much unnecessary stress for the people who need care as well as a major possibility of creating a lot more unemployment throughout the region. …

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