Trevor Beckwith: We must maintain care standards

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In April, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet agreed that Care UK was the preferred bidder to develop adult residential care in the county. The county council will cease to provide the care in the 16 homes it currently owns.

Davers Court is to be replaced with a new home on the existing site. It will be two-storey with double the residential capacity plus a community wellbeing centre. Assuming planning consent is granted, Davers Court will close in October 2013 with work starting immediately. The new Care UK home is scheduled to open in November 2014.

Davers Court is a terrific facility on our doorstep because it has excellent council management and staff. Care UK needs to be very aware of this and standards must be maintained. I’ve been involved with new projects before and heard the warm words and assurances but it’s only real commitment and motivated staff that will maintain standards.

I have met relatives to listen to their concerns and will monitor the arrangements closely. I welcome the council’s intention to move residents in groups so that friends stay together, minimising the disruption but there is no escaping the impact this will have. Although rubber stamped by the cabinet last week, the transfer has been ‘called-in’ to the scrutiny committee because of lack of information over the new arrangements.

Trevor Beckwith, 
Independent councillor