Coun­cil’s pledge over Hollins View

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

BOSSES at Cheshire East coun­cil in­sist there will be enough respite beds for ev­ery­one who needs them if Hollins View closes.

But they have re­fused to of­fer any guar­an­tees that fu­ture ser­vices will be pro­vided in Mac­cles­field.

The coun­cil wants to close the care home which pro­vides respite care for peo­ple with de­men­tia and other ill­nesses.

In­stead it will pay for care in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, which in­cludes pri- vate care homes.

A cam­paign group fight­ing the plans fears that peo­ple will have to travel out of town for fu­ture res- pite care, that there are not enough respite beds in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor and peo­ple will have to pay more.

The Ex­press is­sued a list of ques­tions to the coun­cil ask­ing for de­tails of the plans to an­swer con­cerns.

The coun­cil at first re­fused to an­swer the ques­tions, but has now re­sponded to some.

It could not say how many beds are avail­able in Mac­cles­field and how much the coun­cil will have to pay as this is sub­ject to a ‘for­mal ten­der process’.

On how much peo­ple will have to pay to­wards care, the spokesman said: “Costs are based on a fi­nan­cial as­sess­ment of the per­son be­ing of­fered respite care. This will mean some peo­ple will pay more than oth­ers.

“Peo­ple who are as­sessed to pay the full cost may ac­tu­ally pay less than they cur­rently do.”

But Cheshire East has guar­an­teed it will pro­vide enough beds for ev­ery­one who needs them.

It would not name the care homes and ad­mit­ted it has no for­mal agree­ments with any providers, but said it was too early to do so.

A spokesman said: “The coun­cil in­tends to com­mis­sion suf­fi­cient blockbed pro­vi­sion in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor to meet the cur­rent de­mand. All res­i­dents who have been as­sessed as respite will con­tinue to have ac­cess to it.

“We have no agree­ments with care homes at this stage as this would be con­trary to the pro­cure­ment process.

“While we will look to pro­cure pro­vi­sion in Crewe and Mac­cles­field, the process will also pro­cure pro­vi­sion across the wider Cheshire East area. This may re­duce trav­el­ling time.”

The Cab­i­net rec­om­men­da­tion to close the home will be re­viewed by the Health and Adult So­cial Care Over­view and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee on Fri­day at 2pm at the coun­cil’s of­fices in Sandbach.

Coun Laura Jeuda said: “We are un­happy about the un­demo­cratic way the meet­ing was called. We waited 17 days to know the call-in was ac­cepted and it was ar­ranged with­out us. We still have so many unan­swered ques­tions.

“Hollins View is a vi­tal ser­vice for so many peo­ple and there’s been no trans­parency.”

●● Work by Ge­orge and Pat Hig­gin­botham, from Chelford, will be on dis­play for the ex­hi­bi­tion

●● The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes pic­tures from Brian Ol­lier’s col­lec­tion

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