Derbyshire Labour last week announced that Beechcroft home for older people in West Hallam will remain open and will not be demolished. The home was earmarked for closure and demolition by the Derbyshire Tories prior to Labour winning the Derbyshire County Council election in May.
The Tories were planning on closing nearly all of our care homes and replacing them with specialist extra-care flats. But after listening to older people across the county Derbyshire Labour found that people actually want a mix of traditional care homes and extra-care flats.
Cllr Clare Neill, the cabinet member for Adult Social Care at Derbyshire County Council, visited the home to break the news to staff and residents last week.
Clare speaking on the care home being saved said: “Beechcroft is a wonderful home and it is loved by families, residents and staff. Since being elected we’ve reviewed the Tory plans to close Beechcroft and I’ve been to the home and listened to the residents, staff and families.
It was clear that the residents and staff wanted the home to remain open and it wasn’t suitable to demolish the home and build 3-storey flats on the end of a cul-de-sac.
It is great news that we can keep the home open.”
However Clare also went on to warn that the government’s cuts to Derbyshire County Council’s budget have been a disaster and threatens services to the elderly.
“We don’t want to have to shut any homes for our older people but the government’s cuts to our budget are pushing our front-line services like care for older people, children and disabled people to breaking point.
The cuts have been a disaster and the human cost is just terrible. It is simply unfair that our care homes are being threatened when the government has been dishing out tax cuts for millionaires.
That is why we are fighting for a Fair Deal for Derbyshire. That means we will be fighting to keep our care homes open.”