A BID to set up a working group to investigate the way forward for care homes in Fife failed last week.
Following the failure of suitable candidates to come forward to take on the running of the local authority run care facilities, Councillor Alex Rowley, leader of the Labour group on the Council put forward a motion to form a cross party group to examine the best way forward.
However at a meeting of the full Fife Council last Thursday, the motion was defeated 30-16 in favour of an SNP/Lib Dem ammendment that the executive director for social work bring back a report on the continuing maintenance and eventual replacement of Council care homes to the next meeting in November.
Councillor Rowley said the local authority was now having to come up with a Plan C, after the failure of the private sector to step in.
“There needs to be strong political leadership and politicians need to come up with a way forward to secure the future of the residential care homes in Fife,” he said.
“My motion is an offer to say let’s come together and provide strong political leadership to find a way to secure their long term, sustainable future in Fife.”
Cardenden Councillor Mark Hood supported his leader.
And he added: “We need to give assurances to residents in these homes that this is something we are taking seriously and working together to resolve.”
Councillor Tim Brett, chairman of the social work committee, said only two organisations had responded to the invitation to come up with proposals for running its ten care homes.
None of the options met the Council’s requirements.
“This was particularly disappointing because, prior to this taking place, officers met with 46 individuals from 28 private sector and voluntary sector bodies.
“We have asked our director of social work to contact them and check why they didn’t respond. We need to know why this process wasn’t more successful.’’
He added that £3m had been made available to meet higher standards of safety.
Councillor Peter Grant reiterated the cost of providing care in the council-run homes compared to the private sector, stating that 450 places could be provided privately compared to 300 in local authority homes.