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Protesters fight on to save under threat care homes
12:10pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
PROTESTERS will take to the streets next month to fight proposals to close four Hampshire care homes.
It came as the Daily Echo revealed yesterday adult care chief Councillor Anna McNair Scott, who was due to make the decision, had resigned her post after admitting she failed to fully disclose her interests.
She was challenged at a public meeting and accused of failing to reveal that her husband Nigel works for a company which is in partnership with a firm building 179 extra care units in Stratford-upon-Avon. She later admitted breaking the rules and resigned although will continue to represent her local ward.
But Councillor Chris Lagdon, UKIP spokesman on adult care, said they would fight the plans to the end regardless of who makes the decision.
He said: “It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Anything we can do to try and influence the decision we will do.
“We need to keep these homes, especially dementia homes. They are the crown jewels of the care service. We are not dealing with pounds and pence here, we are talking about people’s lives.”
He added: “As far as Anna McNair Scott goes I think she has extreme integrity and honesty and I’m sure, unless proven otherwise, her omissions were a mistake. She will be a loss to the Cabinet.”
Members of the Cabinet will decide whether to replace the homes with extra care apartments for pensioners on November 28.
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