Last ditch bid to block Council care home plan

OPPOSITION councillors are leading a last ditch attempt to save Fife Council’s care homes.

Around 30 councillors have petitioned the provost to hold a special full meeting of Fife Council to attempt to overturn the hugely controversial decision to privatise the local authority’s care homes.

And their last ditch bid to secure a U-turn is on Tuesday afternoon.

The group is led by Labour leader Alex Rowley and independent councillor Andrew Rodger.

Cllr Rodger told the Press his bid was based on his view that the social work committee’s decision was not competent and did not take into account the massive public support for Fife Council remaining a direct provider of care.

Cllr Rodger said: “We have the best homes in Scotland.

‘‘It is a purely political,‘‘ choice to do away with them. Quality is something Fife Council does not take into consideration when deciding on the way forward. ‘‘

He also hit out at the Council for going against the views of Fifers when it came to home care.

Cllr Rodger added: “Consultation is another area they disregarded - 77 per cent of over 660 who took the time and effort to reply were in favour of retaining our homes./

‘‘That wasss totally ignored by the administration.”

He added that although the private sector is cheaper, he estimated there would be a further 750,000 of costs in terms of contract work and building a quality assurance framework.

He also encouraged as many members of the public as possible to come to the meeting.

The social work and health committee made the decision on February 1 by a narrow six votes to five margin to cease directly providing care in Fife, and encourage private care home providers to build new care homes in the same areas as the current council homes.

Under these plans around 300 residents would be relocated and staff would be made redundant.